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Can I Sustain Loaches and Corys in a 55 Gallon
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yooki42
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PostPosted: 2010.05.23(Sun)17:19    Post subject: Can I Sustain Loaches and Corys in a 55 Gallon Reply with quote

I have recently come into possession of a 55 gallon tank. I've been thinking about what to do with it for a while, and have decided that I'd really like to have some bottom dwellers in there. This will be a heavily planted tank with mostly small tetras and barbs populating the top of the tank. The bottom will have a medium-sized gravel substrate covering most of it with a barrier on one side where I will lay down sand for the bottom dwellers!

Here is a picture of what I've got so far so you can get an idea.




The sand will cover about 1/4 to 1/5 of the bottom of the tank and will have a nice big tree root decoration on top of a portion of it for hiding and playing in. I know the gravel level is too high, I will definitely take some out. The big hole is obviously where I will place the sand. I am working on a barrier made out of large rocks and epoxy right now to keep the two separated. I am hoping on keeping a little bit of gravel behind the tree trunk in order to plant some large plants. I want them to pretty much wallpaper the back of the tank. Do you think there will be enough room back there for their roots?

So here's my question: Do you think I could sustain both Clown Loaches and Corys in this tank? I really like both species and would love to see them together. However I do not want to suffocate or over crowd them. I also do not want them to fight over the territory of the sand bar / tree trunk! Currently I am thinking 3 Clown Loaches and 4 Corys, but if I can only pick one species then I will probably go with 5-6 Corys.

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PostPosted: 2010.05.23(Sun)18:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank is too small for clown loaches and they need larger groups anyway.

Personally I would take out all the gravel and replace with sand, plant vallis along the back edga and have a group of half a dozen cories.

You can add a scatter patch of gravel back if you like the effect.
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PostPosted: 2010.05.24(Mon)0:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
The tank is too small for clown loaches and they need larger groups anyway.

Personally I would take out all the gravel and replace with sand, plant vallis along the back edga and have a group of half a dozen cories.

You can add a scatter patch of gravel back if you like the effect.


Agreed, I really wanted Clowns as well as they are my fav fish. I myself have a 55 and yes they get pretty big. Sand is the only option for any loach.
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yooki42
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PostPosted: 2010.05.24(Mon)2:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the quick responses!
Okay, I have decided against Loaches for this tank. I may eventually get a 75 gallon which will be a better home for them. I do not want to replace the entire tank with sand because I prefer the look of gravel, and I want to spread a variety of plants throughout the entire tank. If nothing else I like what it looks like to have the space in the tank divided up a bit Smile

So if Loaches are out, do you think the Corys could still be happy this way? Or should I just abandon them all together?
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PostPosted: 2010.05.24(Mon)3:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 75g tank is still too small for clown loachs, a 185g+ is the smallest I would keep clowns in. If you like loachs perhaps look into the other species of loach.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.11(Fri)12:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure that's a 55g tank? It looks smaller... could just be the picture. What are the dimensions?
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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.06.11(Fri)15:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a 30g to me...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.14(Mon)0:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend to say loaches but which ones are the question...


I have a 55 as well and I have 1 Dojo, and 3 Kuhlis. Not ALL loaches get as big as the father of them all CLOWNS.

However SAND is a BIG part of keepiing Loaches.
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