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Clown loaches falling ill

Posted By: Gareth Dominy <gdominy@limbonet.ca>
Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2002, at 2:01 a.m.

I have recently started a new community tank and decided to have clown loaches as the "feature fish" I have never taken care of loaches before and I am really worried that I may be doing something wrong.

I established the rest of the community tank first, as I heard loaches were a bit "sensitive" to new fish introductions. I wanted to make sure that the other fish were healthy before I introduced them. Anyway, it has been 3 days since I introduced 4, 1.5-2 inch loaches. These guys really were tiny.

My first one died today, rather suddenly. He had been swimming happily and eating well last night but when I came home from work today he was barely alive, struggling to breath on the bottom of the tank. I noticed that his black stripes appeared to have faded a bit, althought that could have been the nipping from the 4 bala's. I checked the Chlorine levels of the tank immediately as I suspected there might be a problem there, but the levels are nice and low. Ph was good as well.

This was my smallest of the 4 but I am concerend for the health of the others. The next smallest loach seems to be quite sluggish now. He is eating, and swims, although does not appear to have the same energy as his 2 tankmates.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help these little guys. I feel terrible having new fish suffer like this.

Thanks,

Gareth Dominy
 

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