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RE: Clown Loach
Clown loaches usually like to be in groups of 6 or more. Otherwise they
tend to be a bit shy and hide a lot. However, I am successfully keeping
one single clown loach in a tank that contains six tiger barbs (and
other community fish). The clown loach / tiger barb seems to be a good
combination. My loach is not the least bit shy -- it is out swimming
around in the tank along with all of the other fish. They do like to
find places to hide; that seems to be their nature. Mine, for example,
has dug itself a little cave under a plant pot.
I don't know whether your tank is new? These are not good fish for a
new tank. They are quite sensitive to ammonia and stress. In these
fish, stress sometimes causes ich, so watch for that.
> I bought 3 clown loaches about 3 weeks ago, to work on the
> rapidly growing
> snail population in my tank. Soon after one died and the others stay
> hidden all the time. When I can get a light into the area
> they hide, they
> look healthy, but I never ever see them out. Is this normal?
> The snail
> population doesn't seem to be growing but there are still
> quite a few so
> I'm worried if they are eating.