What type of loaches should I get?

  1. annaberg1067 Member Member

    I have 2 gouramis, 2 platys, 1 rt shark, 1 ictus cf, 1 bumblebee cf, and 2 Kuhli loaches (I am going to get 4 more)

    I would like to get one or two more species of loaches. I was thinking maybe a skunk or zebra. Will these work with my tank? If so, where do I get them for a reasonable price? Is it safe to have them shipped to you?

    Oh yeah, it's a 45 gallon.
  2. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    I Have no idea about more loaches however that being said I ordered striped kuhli loaches from Trinsfishes . com and they arrived healthy..Alison
  3. tyguy7760 Fishlore VIP Member

    You have some stocking issues but if it were me I'd just up the kuhli loaches to about 10 and not add another species in there. You have a lot going on on the bottom of that tank and the red tailed shark and pictus cat may present problems for you in the future. Also depending on the type of bumblebee cf and the dimensions of your tank, it may outgrow your tank.
  4. Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    I keep reading that Skunk Loaches are horribly aggressive so I wouldn't get those.

    Seems to me like the tank is a bit small for a Red-tailed Black Shark and quite full already.
  5. annaberg1067 Member Member

    The bumblebee catfish is south american and only gets to 2 inches. The pictus and red tail are fine right now but if the red tail becomes aggressive in the future, I will put him in another tank.

    Red tail sharks only get to about 5 inches. They need a 30-40 gallon tank.

    Ok. I guess I'll just get some more kuhli loaches. I'm hoping to save my money for a 75 gallon that I can use as a small loach tank.
  6. tyguy7760 Fishlore VIP Member

    Loaches are great. I think loach tanks really are fun to watch. Kuhli loaches are my personal favorites but I really like dojo loaches as well as zebra loaches.
  7. Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    I keep Clown Loaches but the next best in my opinion is the Chain Loach (Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki) as they are so sociable, active and interesting.
  8. annaberg1067 Member Member

    Cool! I will definitely think about those after some of my older fish move on. It looks like they don't get very big so I could probably get a small school in my tank.
  9. tyguy7760 Fishlore VIP Member

    clown loaches get over 1 foot long and need a very large tank
  10. annaberg1067 Member Member

    Lol. I was talking about the chain loaches, not clown loaches!! Don't want that big of a fish!