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Is it the clown??

Posted By: Angelica <orion@maxisp.com.au>
Date: Wednesday, 4 November 1998, at 6:06 p.m.

Yesterday I discovered 3 of my neon tetras with an eye missing. I immediately believed that one of my 4, rather large, algae eaters (Chinese--I think), were the culprits, and returned them to the pet store. Interestingly, the guy at the store suggested that it may have been the clown loaches that did the damage, and that they should not be underestimated. Would clown's be capable of doing such a thing? Everything I have read, (and been told), so far has suggested that the clown loach is an excellent community fish. The only other fish in my 4ft tank are neon (one-eyed!!) tetras; rummy-nose, black (neon), and black-phantom tetras; guppies; and bristle-nose catfish.

I have no regrets about removing the algae-eaters from my tank. Due to their size, they were becoming quite territorial, and aggressive.