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ara35
08-24-2006, 2:21 PM
I am buying a 10G tank, and i want either a school of loaches or a school of cory cats, along with some shrimp and so on. The main focus is will a 10G tank be able to hold loaches, cory cats, or otos???

kcooley
08-24-2006, 2:44 PM
loaches belong in atleast a 25G tank for 2. you need to keep cories, otos, and loaches in groups, they are more comfortable. otos dont need much room per fish, so i would say they would be a good addition. siamese algae eaters get about 3" and groups of 2-3 are entertaining

ara35
08-24-2006, 2:58 PM
what do you think of dwarf/ pygmy cories or dwarf loaches? i just found out about them

H3D
08-24-2006, 3:08 PM
Dwarf loaches should be kept in groups of 5 or more and housed in 29 gallon or larger aquarium.

kcooley
08-24-2006, 3:14 PM
by dwarf loaches you mean yo-yo and dojo loaches?

H3D
08-24-2006, 3:16 PM
The chained loach is often called the "dwarf loach".

ara35
08-24-2006, 3:16 PM
no i mean a chained loach... and what about pygmy cories?

ara35
08-24-2006, 3:19 PM
Botia sidthimunki.. thats the scientific name

TwoTankAmin
08-24-2006, 3:49 PM
Two quick observations-

1- Sids are now listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
2- Sids are being renamed Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki though Botia is still used by most.

I have had a group of 7 sids in a 20L for about 3 years now and they are by no means the only fish in the tank.

H3D
08-24-2006, 4:19 PM
I have had a group of 7 sids in a 20L for about 3 years now and they are by no means the only fish in the tank.

I did not say they couldn't be kept in a 20...said they would do better in a bigger tank. By the way a 20 long has the same floor space as a 29.

loaches r cool
08-25-2006, 12:46 AM
A group of 3 zebra loaches - botia striata - would probably be acceptable in a 10g since they dont get very big, and imho are one of the best looking ones. Skunk loaches are also kinda neat and stay small but they can be quite aggressive. Good luck on your decision.

TKOS
08-25-2006, 7:02 AM
Pygmy cories would be best if you can locate them. Or smaller coeis like the peppered or panda. Try to keep at least 5 of them and limit any other fish in the tank. Cories need lots of fresh water so make sure to do a good sized weekly water change to keep them healthy and long lived.

H3D
08-25-2006, 8:02 AM
A group of 3 zebra loaches - botia striata - would probably be acceptable in a 10g since they dont get very big

Their size is not the only reason zebra loaches should not be kept in a 10 gallon aquarium. Loaches do best when they have plenty of space to swim around in. A bigger tank will also allow them to have multiple territories to claim around the tank. They also do best when they have pristine water, similar to that of a discus tank.

ara35
08-25-2006, 9:04 AM
what about bronze cories?

corykid
08-25-2006, 12:08 PM
I am buying a 10G tank, and i want either a school of loaches or a school of cory cats, along with some shrimp and so on. The main focus is will a 10G tank be able to hold loaches, cory cats, or otos???

I have a 10 gallon tank dude with 3 bronze cory cats (along with 2 skirt tetras, and 6 neons) and the corys are the best fish ever they would be great for ur 10 gallon because they stay relitivly small AND HAVE THE BEST PERSONALITIES EVER!!!! but ya also get sinking wafers for them and give them one every other day to make sure that they get all the food and vitamins they need

loaches r cool
08-25-2006, 1:49 PM
I havent heard very much at all say that Zebra Loaches are verys sensative for water conditions. Not that I would suggest anything but the most pristine water conditions for them. ;) They actually inhabit the muddy, still and slow moving waters in southern India. However 10G is obviously pushing it for 3 of these guys. They do seem to really like to continously play/hunt through my plants so I would definately recomend some plants with them.

And here is a pic of one of mine (http://tristan.homelinux.net/fish/zebra.JPG)

Here is the info on them at Mongobay:

SYN: None
PD: A stocky, fish with an arched back and a flat belly profile. The caudal fin is deeply cleft and the caudal penuncle is thick. The body is brown with numerous vertical yellow stripes which alternate in thickness. The fins are marked with brown bands.
SIZE: To 2.7" (8 cm) in aquaria, although up to 4" (10 cm) in nature
SS: None
HAB: Inhabits still and slow moving waters in southern India
S: bottom
TANK: A 24" (61 cm), 10-20 gallon (38-76 L) tank is sufficient for this small species. Follow suggestions for B. morleti .
WATER: pH 6-7.5 (6.8), 3-15 dH (7), 73-81F (23-27C)
SB: An active, but peaceful species that prefers to be kept in small groups of five to eight fish. A nocturnal species that become diurnal after acclimation.
SC: As for B. sidthimunki.
FOOD: Live; worms, insect larvae, crustaceans; tablets; plant matter
SEX: Unknown
B: Unknown
BP: No recorded spawnings in an aquarium.
R: This species can make audible clicking sounds.
DC: 4. A hardy and peaceful species whose diet should be supplemented with live foods.

H3D
08-25-2006, 2:06 PM
You Zebra is amazing!!


They actually inhabit the muddy, still and slow moving waters in southern India.

Living in muddy water is not the same as living in water that is high in nitrates and disolved organic compounds.

loaches r cool
08-26-2006, 10:11 PM
Living in muddy water is not the same as living in water that is high in nitrates and disolved organic compounds.

True...

Although it's safe to say anything very sensative of water conditions usually doesnt fair well in my tank :eek: although since buying that python I have finally been able to maintain a once a week or once every two weeks water change schedule fairly well:)... the whole dissambling the canister deal though is still 1 month at best. Thanks for the compliment though... its the oldest one in the tank, I had just him for a long time until the LFS finally had some more and I bought 5 just the other week. My goal with my next tank upgrade will probably be to focus on a school of just clowns and zebras since they are my favorites, along with several dojos(but they will go in the goldfish tank).