More Loaches?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by manatee, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. manateeNew MemberMember

    Hi I am wondering how many loaches I should have in my tank. I would like to add 2 zebra loaches? My bottom fish are 3 clowns, 3 yoyos, 2 cory's, 1 bristlenose plec. I would also like to get 2 polkadot loaches? Am I pushing it or will all these guys live happily togother? 75 gal 48"l lots of wood and java plants.
  2. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Before you add anything new, you should beef up the schools you have.

    You should add at least 3 more corys (same species).

    Any loach should be kept in groups of at least 3, but more is better. One of the exceptions is kuhli loaches which need at least 5, but more makes them deliriously happy.

    If I had your tank, I'd up my schools of each existing loach to 5. That would really make the tank pop!
  3. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    I agree I'd work on upping your schools before adding different fish.

  4. OP

    manateeNew MemberMember

    Thanks I have a problem with what type of fish to keep and am trying to see what is going to do well in my"well" water. I think I will get 2 more yoyos and forget about the zebras for now. My clowns are getting pretty big fast so I don't think I will add any more of those? Any feedback on overstocking would be appreciated.
  5. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    overfiltering is important when you overstock, so I would upgrade the XP1 to a 3.
  6. OP

    manateeNew MemberMember

    I have been getting away with cleaning my filters often, switching as I go. If I did get the xp3 would I need to clean them so often?
  7. soltarianknight

    soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    Id have to agree, up the schools, the yoyos may be ok with just 4 or so. The cory should be 6-8 in that tank, of the same species. As far as clowns go, i dont think you will do well to have full grown clowns in that tank with that stock, they may just take up too much space imo.
  8. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    The only thing I would say about upping the schools is that the Clows will eventually outgrow that tank. The rest seem ok thou and would most likely appreciate the company.
  9. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The footprint of the 75g is fine for the loaches and corys you have at this time. I personally wouldn't add anymore. The ones you have will be growing and out growing the space they have pretty fast.
  10. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    in my experience, the larger the filtration system, the less you have to clean it. Although cleaning the filter doesn't increase it's capacity to house beneficial bacteria. Only adding more media can do that.

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