Are my skunk loaches mating?

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(question above). One of them has been 'hiding' in a mini clay pot that has a hole just big enough for the loach to fit into and it has been hiding there since 6:00pm and it is now 10:15pm(both times are central), it only comes out to find a little bit of food unless it sees the other loach go near the pot and then it zooms back to protect it. Is, from what I described, any chance that they mated and the one loach is defending the eggs or is it just being territorial and protecting it's sleeping quarters? If I missed any neede info, just let me know. please help me, I don't want to wake up one morning and find little wigglers on the gravel.
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No their not mating, he's just claimed the pot as his. They need lots of hiding places and will protect their own.
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So, even though it has satyed in the pot all day and has guarded it, it still means that it is just being protective?
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Yep. What little is known about the breeding of loaches is that they lay eggs in plants.
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Thanks.
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welcome
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