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More questions about Schistura balteata

Posted By: Barry <bazzh35@hotmail.com>
Date: Monday, 25 July 2005, at 10:30 a.m.


Has anyone experienced Schistura balteata attacking other fish, the one I have is fine with the loaches in the tank. However four of my tetras have been killed. At first I thought there was something wrong with the water, so I tested it and everything was fine. Then one evening I was watching the tank and I saw the Schistura balteata pounced on one of the Flame tetras which it then tried to eat whole but it was too big. After trying to rescue the Flame tetra it later died.
What I've found out and what people have kindly stated on this forum about the Schistura balteata is it is territorial but it doesn't act this with the other loaches which is what I was concerned about. Also I have read it is harmless. But what I have seen is it is not