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Number of Clown Loaches in a 75 Gallon

Discussion in 'Loaches' started by sampster5000, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. sampster5000

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    Hello everyone. I am pretty sure that I will be completely re-doing my 75 gallon tank. I was wondering what a good number of clown loaches for this size of tank would be. I am not talking about what a good number would be when they are all over a foot long. I am saying what would be a good number for atleast 2-3 years before I could upgrade my tank size. Another question I have is if it is okay to keep other loaches with CL's or if the CL group would mess them up. The only other fish I would keep in the tank would be a pair of convicts and possibly a school of tetras. Thanks!
     
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    I'm growing 8 of them out in a 75G right now. I run 2 Fluval 404s with my 75G. WC 20% every 2 days, becomes a PITA. Lots of hidding places, 4 Anubias plants, and I am thinking I can probably add 3-4 more. Until my 125G is ready next month. For your 75G, depending on your filtration, I say, 7 (under 3-4 inches ) is a good number,
     
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    i have 7 clowns 6 yoyos in a 90 gal. with schools of varies barbs. i do 50% wc every 4 days or so. i would think you could do 13 or so start with the young ones feed them well till they start to put on weight then normal feeding will work. also i would not do loaches with convicts.
     
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    Any reason why you would not put them with convicts?

    Thanks for the replies. Those are both around the number I was looking for. I was thinking 6 to 10. I bet I will have my 125 gallon by the time they become 3-4 inches. That is if they really do take years to grow that large. I'm not in a hurry or trying to speed up their growth. Just want to enjoy a group of them. I am glad to see that I can keep some other loaches with them.
     
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    They really do take that long to grow large! I think you're good with the 6-10 number, just keep those nitrates at bay!
     
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    are they dirty fish? like goldfish
     
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    Not much comparison but clowns are ridiculously slow growers. You need to give them space allowance if you want them to grow properly.
     
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    I have a WAY overstocked 55 with 11 loaches. emperor 400 & eheim 2217, (moving to new house this month, permanent tank shortly thereafter.)
    This was intended like a growout tank like yousr, but i went overboard, constant change-outs, had to cut meats - shrimp, chicken, worms - out the diet for a while, you should be fine, don't go crazy like i did and you wont have to change your water out daily.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I will be doing a lot of reading on clowns and other loaches until I know for sure what I need to do. Its looking like I need some powerheads in there and a better heater!
     
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    wouldn't worry about it ... loaches can handle themselves quite nicely ... I had clowns with convicts, never an issue

    I currently keep yo-yo loaches with convicts, and again, no worries ...
     
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