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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:45 am Post subject: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 hi  all  
                   planning  to  buy  two  pairs  of  zeebra  loaches.  can  i  keep  this  busy  bugs  in  my  planted  aqua.  will  they  damage  or  uproot  plants?  suggestion  please.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:47 am Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 loaches   are  generally     bad  for   planted  tanks  ....  they  tend   to  be  very  curious   so  keep  picking  the  gravel  and  digging  up  ,,,,  so  try     at  your  own  risk
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:17 am Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 "loaches  Â are  generally  Â   bad  for  planted  tanks  "
 
 disagree,  depends  on  the  loach  and  on  the  plants!!
 
 Congo,  "Zebra"  is  a  trade  name,  can  you  post  a  pic  or  link  of  how  your  loach  looks?  I  am  guessing  its  a  botia  Striata
 
 Loaches,  esp  the  larger  ones  may  not  be  desirable  in  a  tank  with  a  lot  of  moss/  plants  with  delicate  roots.  But  smaller  loaches(3inches  and  below)  will  do  well  in  tanks  with  hardy  plants  that  have  been  allowed  to  take  root  for  awhile.
 
 While  buying  loaches  always  remember  that  the  more  there  are  the  better  -  6  will  be  a  good  number  but  never  1  or  2.  BTW,  what  plants  do  you  have  in  your  tank?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:16 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 I  have  not  faced  any  problems  with  zebra  loaches  in  my   tank.  Among  Zebra,  Clown  and  Yo  YO  in  my  tank,  Only  Yo  YO  used  to  dig  and  uproot,  which  i  had  to  finally  shift  to  another  tank.
 
 Good  to  watch  Zebra's  when  they  are  active
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:50 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 thank  u  guys  for  prompt  reply.
                  in  response  to  PC-  it  is  botia  striata.  plants  which  i  have  r  sword  amazon,  cobumba,  rotala,  hygrophilia  corymbosa,  h.difformis,  apnogoton,  lilly,  valisneria,  ludwiga  repens,  hair  grass,  sagitaria.  
                   my  main  concern  are  snails.  as  they  have  already  seen  creeping  up  along  sides  of  aquarium.  had  once  very  bad  experience  of  snail  infestation  in  my  old  tanks.  with  web  reference,  among  loaches  -  botia  straita  will  be  suitable  for  planted  tanks  but  not  for  sure.  and  planning  to  keep  cardinal  tetra  too  in  the  tank.  though  clown  loach  r  good  scavengers  against  snails  but  they  will  damage  plants.  for  orange  fin  loaches-   they  r  quite  aggresive  to  keep  with  cardinals.  so  i  think  the  best  buy  will  be  botia  striata.  is  it  so?  i  may  be  wrong.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:32 am Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 In  my  limited  expr  of  keeping  botia  striata,  i  remember  them  being  very  shy  fish.  so  i  shld  think  they  will  do  well.  But  hairgrass  and  cabomba  are  delicate,  they  may  not  do  so  well.
 
 I  am  sure  there  is  a  thread  somewhere  on  snail  infestations,  do  search  for  that.
 
 I  am  positive  that,  if  the  following  plants  in  your  tank  are  well  rooted,  they  should  do  fine  -  
 
 sword  amazon,  apnogoton,  lilly,  valisneria,  sagitaria.
 
 Others  may  do  well  to  but  i  havent  kept  them
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:22 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 any  loaches  that  can  be  kept  in  a  planted  tank  which  have  tetras  in  it???no  delicate  plants  in  it  as  such
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:35 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 Hamza,
 I  don;t  think  any  loach  will  create  any  problems  for  tetra's.  They  are  normally  recommended  in  a  school  of  6,  this  way  they  get  busy  chasing  each  other.
 However  they  are  semi  aggressive  in  nature  and  are  first  to  harress  a  sick  fish  to  death.
 Only  plant  with  delicate  roots  are  a  problem  with  loaches,  fine  leaf  plans  may  also  be  damaged.
 What  ever  trouble  they  might  cause  they  are  worth  the  trouble  for  their  antics,  they  are  almost  goofy  in  nature.  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks Reply with quote

 loaches  are  probably  the  most  interesting  fish  that  i  have  kept  so  far!  they  are  really  a  pleasure  to  watch.
 
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 how  about  khuli  loaches?  they  usually  dont  dig  that  much  in  gravel,  though  you  probably  wouldnt  get  to  see  them  that  much  in  your  aquarium!  i  dont  know  whether  they  are  available  in  india,  but  dwarf  chain  loaches  are  smaller  (2  in)  than  the  zebra  loach  (3.5  in).  if  you  come  across  them  you  could  consider  getting  a  few.
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