It is a tropical tank and the temperature can be raised. I currently have it at 84, but can be lowered to 78. It would have to live with angelfish and a BN pleco (Mine has been thriving and growing quickly at 84 degrees). And since I have my BN I don't really want any algae eaters because I don't have a job, so I don't really want to consistently buy zucchini. Though I do feed my BN veggie pellets, I don't believe veggie pellets are enough for an algae eater's diet.veggieshark said:Is this going to be a tropical temperature tank?
When you say loach, I immediately think botia loaches, but I suppose you are OK with any loach. The (botia) loach species that I know can live alone are those that don't get along well with others. Hard to find a (botia) loach that is peaceful and also can be kept alone. (Well, of course, you can keep anything you want alone. I guess we mean those that do not like to mingle with others to be happy.)
I kept some type of Shistura loach alone and it was OK. When they are more than one, they have their little territory and have harmless bickerings - play tag fashion, but they don't swim around in a school.
If cooler water, you could find non-Botia species (like Barbatula) that can be kept alone. I used to collect Barbatula Angorae. They can bother fish like guppies, but they are generally OK, so I assume that genus have similar behavior.
If you are willing to expand this to loach-like fishes, you could consider Labeo species, flying fox or algae eaters. Gobies may also be an alternative.
I was saying I can move it up to there, I have it there I can put it anywhere from 78-84 degrees.veggieshark said:84 degrees is another tough condition for a loach, and one that will satisfy your other conditions. Sorry, I am out of ideas.
78 would be around the upper boundary for the Shistura I was talking about. Too warm for the elongated loaches like Dojo's.SouthAmericanCichlids said:I was saying I can move it up to there, I have it there I can put it anywhere from 78-84 degrees.