September 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm #1094CheyenneBParticipant
First of all, I must thank you for all the help you were last year regarding getting my tank up and running in the first place. I am now passing along the information about cycling a starter tank to my 10 yo next door neighbor.
However, regarding my snail problem. Your suggestion to add Clown Loaches into my tank? The tank is a 55 gallon tank and I’ve been online and it looks like Clown Loaches will get about as big as my Plecos have. So, considering I’ve got two adult angelfish in the tank already, plus two plecos and a few each of neons, mollies and platys, how many Clown Loaches would you suggest buying? I know some fish do not mind being alone, while others tend to enjoy being with a certain amount of their own kind. The neons for instance seem happiest swimming in a colony, while my angelfish both seem to be happy set on opposite sides of the tank most of the time.
One second question, on another topic if you have a moment also? I’ve recently taken up the hobby of hatching brine shrimp once a week, rinsing them of the salt water and then adding them into my fresh water tank. Every fish in the tank, from the big to the small seem to thrive on excitement in chasing all the bitty things and I enjoy watching them having fun. However, I had been speaking with a woman at PetSmart–who I don’t ‘always’ trust, mind you–tell me that doing so once a week might be too much and that once a month would be better. Any idea or advice on why hatching and adding in brine shrimp once a week should be a problem? Should I cut down?September 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm #16412CheyenneBParticipant
My oh my! Were you right about how entertaining the clown loaches could be! They are unlike any fish I have ever bought yet.
I bought two of them and they literally seemed to be stuck together like glue as they roam the cracks and crevices of the fishtank hunting. So, yesterday we went and bought two more and they literally sleep in this small mass together. It’s cute.
They seemed to like hunting the big castle we have, so we removed most of the fake plants and bought several large rock sculptures with lots of holes for them to explore. I’m thinking it will be easier to vacuum the bottom of the tank once a week without all the fake plants in the way at this point. And now there’s more places for the big snails and plecos to hunt for algae too. So thanks for the advice about these new fish to get rid of the tiny vermin that invaded my tank.
Now, just curious if you have any added advice about the brine shrimp question?
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