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Anger management for loaches

Posted By: Joe Parmenter <sonicriot13@aol.com>
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2001, at 3:02 p.m.

been thinking about aggressive loaches. After hearing about people's troubles with Botia eos I started wondering why some loach species are aggressive. I know some species of Cichlid are aggressive because of high levels of competition for breeding territories in the wild, but I was thinking more along the lines of heirarchies. I read recently that Tiger barbs become aggressive if kept in too small a group (less than six individuals) because they try to involve other species in their heirarchy. The other fish don't know how to respond and so the barbs get cheesed off with them. Could it be a similar thing in loaches? It may explain why Steve Grant's Boti