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Author Topic: Shubunkins and Dojo Loaches  (Read 1199 times)
Sookie
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« on: June 08, 2016, 10:13:35 AM »

I have a 75 gallon with 2 Shubunkins. My female is 8" and the male 7". We keep the tank bare bottom with current running across the bottom to help with the sheer quantity of waste these guys produce. The current is enough to push all the waste into our intake. This weekend we are planning on getting a waste settling system added. I will place floating plants in this to get some additional help with nitrates.  I do have artificial plants in the tank because my female (Miss Piggy) eats any and all live plants I have tried.

The tank is very well established. We have not seen ammonia or nitrites in years. I have owned both of my shubunkins since they were only a couple inches long. We previously kept cichlids until a move forced us to sell and re-home our breeding groups.

 I am wondering if I place some of my old cichlid caves in the tank can I put in a group of Dojo Loaches?

Thank-you for your opinions and advice with this in advance. Sookie
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 12:04:35 PM »

Here is the profile for the Dojo loach:     http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile103.html

As you can see, they need a sand substrate or very small, smooth gravel because they like to bury themselves.   They also don't like much current. 

If you vacuum the bottom once a week when you do your water changes, you won't have to push the waste into the intake.  It can wreak havoc on your filter.  Plants can use some of the nitrates but they only help control nitrates if the tank is extremely heavily planted.  That doesn't really work with having goldfish because they need some vegetation in their diet.   The best thing to do in this case is to keep up with water changes which will remove those nitrates.

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