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Skunk Loaches - Part of the Eos Saga

Posted By: Gareth Dominy <gdominy@canada.com>
Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2002, at 1:07 p.m.

Ok, I am going to have to move the Eos out of my main tank (today?). This morning the clowns were really looking beat up (little bites taken out of their skin!).

I have to move him into the "bastard" tank where I"m sure the 4 big modesta's will put him in check. When I do this though, I have to move the skunks. They are already stressed in with the modesta's and I rarely see them anymore.

I have two options, but I'm not sure if either one is really a good one. I need some feedback from people who keep these guys.

Option 1:

Move the 2 1"-1.25" skunks into the 22 Gallon planted tank. I will have to move my small Cory into the 32 gallon tank with the dojo's I think, but thats fine. The 22 Gallon would be stocked as follows:

2 Angelfish (meanish)
4 Platies
1 Otocinclus
2 Skunk Loaches
Numerous Shrimp

The shrimp may be another problem, in fact I hadnt thought about them untill I typed this. This is not my prefered option.

Option 2

Move the 2 teeny skunks into the 135 Gallon Loach community. I don't know if these guys would be a problem in here. They are fast enough to avoid the helodes, but are they going to be too mean for the other loaches? I think they would probably stick to themselves given the size of the tank, and trhe size of the other loaches, but then again, this is what I thought about the Sun Loach. The Tank would then be stocked as follows;

7 Clown Loaches
4 Yoyo Loaches
1 Botia Helodes (Tiger Loach)
2 Skunk Loaches
(3 Botia Striata when I find them)
1 Blue Gourami
1 Gold Gourami
1 Moonlight Gourami
2 Dwarf Gourami's
1 Pearl Gourami
1 Plecostomus
12 Harlequin Rasbora's
11 Green Eye'd Rasbora's
3 Bala Sharks

Yes, I know I will be overstocked in a few years, but in a few years I will have a bigger tank :-)


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