Is My Loach A Yo Yo Loach?

Discussion in 'YoYo Loach' started by angiec, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. angiecNew MemberMember

    I'm toen between yo yo loaxh of gokden zebra loach.. I'm new to this so maybe I don't have the eye for it yet VideoCapture_20190422-225905.jpg
  2. DemeterFishlore VIPMember

  3. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Can you get a clearer pic straight from the side? I also don't think it's a yoyo, but it could be a marble

  4. JellibeenWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like a zebra loach to me. They are schooling fish and are quite active in my experience. I had mine in a 29 gallon and they were constantly glass surfing- swimming up the sides of the tank, a behavior fish may exhibit when they are in too small of a tank. I moved them into a 90 gallon and they seem much happier.
  5. angiecNew MemberMember

    Best I could do for now VideoCapture_20190423-082430.jpgVideoCapture_20190423-082524.jpg
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  6. BasilValued MemberMember

    I think golden zebra. I was waiting for my LFS to get these in but got impatient and purchased Queen loaches (Botia Dario) instead.
    Does the store have more? They really do thrive in s social group. I have 7 of mine in a 75 g.
  7. CoptapiaWell Known MemberMember

    I don’t think this one will live. It’s rare for one to come back from this degree of emaciation...
  8. angiecNew MemberMember

    They do have more but I purchased this one a while ago I'd have to double check

    All of the ones in the tank we're this size. I have a 5 gallon would seperating and feeding him seperste for a bit have any effect before reintroducing him to a bigger tank
  9. BasilValued MemberMember

    My Queen loaches were all young and skinny at purchase. I did 2 rounds of Levimisol and they are all doing great. I have one smaller and thinner than the rest but he’s active and eats so I try not to worry.
    If you do use levamisole, do a ton of research. There was a post here reporting discrepant directions.
    I did a half dose and added the rest 12 hours later. I would have to look up the directions but I think you then wait another 12 hours and add charcoal to your filter and do a large water change to remove most of the med. and I repeated this in 3 weeks time.
    Sadly, I lost one of my golden diamond barbs each time I did the wormer so I don’t know if it was coincidence or not.
    I’ve added pictures of one of the loaches shortly after purchase and now, 4 months later.
  10. angiecNew MemberMember

    Does the type of loach matter? I can't tell if it's a yoyo loach or a golden zebra. Are they both schooling fish? And are they all supposed to be thicker than this?
  11. JellibeenWell Known MemberMember

    The general consensus is that it is a zebra loach. Yoyo loaches are called that because their stripes spell out "yoyoyoyo."

    They are both schooling fish and they both should be thicker than that.

    Seriously Fish is a great resource for looking up the needs of fish. Here is the page on zebra loaches:

    They recommend a tank that is roughly 4 foot by 1 foot. A standard ten gallon is nowhere near that size.