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Here is the place to view your weekly loach blog.
I'll start with diet. I believe diet is very important when it comes to loach color and health.
The keys to success are variety and quality. Don't cheap out on food. Loaches will accept almost any type of fish food. If you want to bring out those great orange, black and red colors you will want to feed a variety of foods. My loaches enjoy a mix of flakes, sinking pellets, tablets, veggies, frozen food and seafood.
Many times I hear loach owners complain that their loaches hide all of the time. What's the fun in having them if you never get to see them?
Here's a few tips to bring your loaches out.
1. Strength in numbers. Clown Loaches are a great shoaling fish. They appreciate the security of a large group. While many fish stores will tell you to buy 3 or more, I would have to say that you should double that to get the most activity. A dozen would be even better,
This week I'll post my experiences with mixing different loach species. While a shoal of Clowns looks great, I think a tank full of mixed loaches is equally impressive.
1. Clown Loaches. They are a fairly tame fish. They mix well with each other and many loach species. Good tankmates are : Burmese Border Loaches, Yo-Yo loaches, Queen Botia, Botia Striata, Sumo Loach
2. Yo-Yo Loaches Very similar in temperament to clown loaches.
It would be easy to get the impression from my posts and articles that I don't like the AC line of filters....nothing could be farther from the truth.
I DO belive they are over hyped to a large extent but I can understand the reason for it...
Start off with a single uncomplicated design...add in a good dose of reliability and a large media chamber and then sell it at a competitive price and you have a very enduring filter.
Another thing thats unavoidable
For loach enthusiasts, there are many different things to look for at your LFS. New species, oddball patterns, and [v]onster sized loaches are all targets of the loach enthusiast. Here's a few things to look for when shopping to add that special look to your loach tank.
1. SIZE MATTERS Larger loaches are a rarity for us Monster Keepers. Finding a Monster Loach is like finding treasure for your aquarium. Clown Loaches are no longer exported wild from their home country in large