Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:17 am Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks
"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?
Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:50 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks
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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Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:35 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks
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.
Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: zeebra loach in planted tanks
loaches are probably the most interesting fish that i have kept so far! they are really a pleasure to watch.
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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