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Labeo bicolor and Clown loaches
July 15, 2015
2:11 pm
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FuZZykeuh
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Has anyone ever tried to keep a labeo bicolor together with clown loaches? I read in the knowledge base that they are known to form alliance with them but can anyone confirm this? Or has anyone gotten trouble with it?

July 16, 2015
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Matt
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Can't actually remember where that information came from...Confused

One thing is for sure; you will need a very large tank to try this out.

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July 16, 2015
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I saw this thread yesterday and decided to await Matt's comments, as I was interested in the source.  Now that the source is a mystery, I will suggest that this may be erroneous.  When I was preparing data on this species a couple of years back, I had this to say about the behaviour:

Compatibility/Temperament: Not a general community fish especially for beginners. Very aggressive with its own species (it probably lived in solitude except when breeding) and as it matures is often aggressive with other fish especially those resembling it and those with vertical stripes. Should be kept solitary (one fish per tank) with carefully-selected tankmates like the larger barbs and rasbora. Bottom fish (loaches and most catfish) should not be included with this species.

In my wanderings hither and yon, no one has ever contradicted this, and I have heard of more than one case where a single Red Tailed Shark terrorized other bottom fish and some upper fish with stripes, so I would myself not recommend combining the species.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA Vancouver, BC Canada
July 17, 2015
2:37 am
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Thanks a lot for the informational replies! I've been wanting a red tailed shark for many years but i wont risk it then.

July 17, 2015
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Thanks Byron, looks like I should amend the profile. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?

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