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botia agression

Posted By: Ichthy <jfaber@alpha.wvup.wvnet.edu>
Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2000, at 4:59 p.m.

I just ran across this page and found a few postings about aggression in loaches. I too have had variable success with loaches in community tanks. When it comes to aggression, there are only a few reasons for it: hunger, maintaining a home territory, and competing for mates. If loaches are nipping at larger species, we can rule out hunger and mate competition. Can territoriality be the reason for the aggression that so many report? If so, then we can expect that aquariums with many hiding places and fewer fish will have fewer incidences of aggression than tanks with few hiding places and lots of fish. This would be a good place to post info about your tank setup and the amount of loach aggression that you OBSERVE (not just suspect). Maybe we will see a trend?