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This topic contains 46 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 8 years ago.

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  • #300548

    Matt
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    Experiences with B. almorhae, please.

    #316435

    mickthefish
    Participant

    in what way Matt?

    mick

    #316436

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Ok well I’ve got plenty of papers so need aquarium experiences, particularly regarding how aggressive it is since reports seem to vary. Would you keep it with any other loaches?

    #316437

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I keep my several B. almorhae with kubotai, striata, histrionica, rostrata, dario, schistura beavani and Schistura kohchangensis as well as cherry barbs, danios and rasboras.

    The almorhae are very placid they do have the odd skirmish amongst themselves but they dont bother any of the other loaches.

    #316445

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Cheers Mark.

    #316450

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    I don’t keep almorhae Matt so no help, sorry. I have kubotai,striata, and histrionica. The only ones that I’ve definitely heard clicking are the histies in a feeding frenzy. It would be interesting to know exactly how they do it?

    #316452

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    QUOTE
    Presumably if the pharyngeals are used the sound is amplified via the swim bladder as in some other fishes?

    I think that is probably the most plausible explanation Matt, I think the swim bladder does play a big part, I have noticed especially in the histrionica that there is usually a side ways movement of the head when they click and the greater the head movement the louder the click so I would think it is made using a bone in the skull or pharyngeals.

    Yeah the Yasuhikotakia’s are probably the loudest, I have heard clicks from both Syncrossus and Sinibotia

    I am certain I have heard clicks although feint from my Acanthocobitis rubidipinnis and Schistura balteata but wont say 100%.

    #316492

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Next question!

    #316493

    Bully
    Participant

    B. striata definitely click, mine do it most around tablet food, or any food they need to work at, I’ve never witnessed them clicking over flake food, frozen food or soft live food such as bloodworm and grindal worm.

    For me, the ‘loachy dance’ is prevalent in the B. striata over my sids. My Pangio anguillaris did it for about 3 days when they were first introduced to the tank but, have not bothered since – they were perhaps the most graceful to look at though, and you could put your hand in the tank and they would wind through your fingers, and rest on them too

    #316495

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I find the loachy dance is more often seen in my fish when new loaches are added, I haven’t seen it from the Sinibotia it does seem to me to be more limited to the Botia species mainly and occasionally in the Yasuhikotakia’s.

    #316497

    Matt
    Keymaster

    How long does the dance usually last?

    #316501

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Hey

    Botia modesta make all kinds of ‘clicking’ noises.

    Regards David

    #316502

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 1 2010, 12:15 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    How long does the dance usually last?

    Varies really, I have seen them do it for a couple of minutes and other times all day.

    #316504

    Bully
    Participant

    My experiences agree with MD’s, from minutes to a day – or more!

    #316506

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Thanks a lot for the help chaps!

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