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Yoyo Loaches are cute, energetic, and hardy. They can be ornery but not
too aggressive and will not be bullied by other more aggressive fish.
Most loaches are nocturnal, but Yoyo Loaches are not quite so nocturnal as most other loaches.
Yoyo Loaches feel more secure, when they have a pipe or cave to hide in. Click
here to learn more
about some ideal
ornaments for an
aquarium with a Yoyo
The name Yoyo Loach was given to these fish by imaginative people who could read the word Yoyo in the dark markings on the sides of these fish, but not everyone seems to
be blessed with enough imagination to see the word Yoyo.
Yoyo Loaches and most other Loaches will eat small snails right out of their shells, and the snails will quickly be eliminated from your aquarium. If you have a snail
problem, solving it with a Loach is much safer than putting a poison in your aquarium to kill the snails. Of course, neither the Loaches nor the poison will remove the snail shells from
your aquariums. You'll have to remove the snail shells with a small net.
A Yoyo Loach is an escape artist so the aquarium must have a cover without escape holes, or this Loach will jump out for sure.
If your tank cover has holes, cut pieces of plastic from a plastic milk carton. Be sure the pieces of plastic are clean, then tape them over the holes in your cover.
Even better get an
Hood for your aquarium. The Eclipses leave no holes for your fish to jump through. An aquarium with at least 30-gallons of water, an
exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of
gravel, and an
adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click
here for more about warm water aquariums.
Most Loaches, Eels,
love Cichlid Stones,
which are natural
looking ceramic aquarium
caves . Click
here for more about
Floating flake food. Perhaps some sinking food pellets but be careful because uneaten
food will soon spoil and pollute the water. Occasionally feed them live or frozen food such as live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. Click
for more about Black Worms. Click
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Hi, I'm not sure if you have the time to answer questions such as these, but I thought I'd try nonetheless! I read on
your site that one could feed banana pieces to Clown Loaches. Could I do the same for my Yoyo Loach? His antics have made him our favorite fish ....
Thanks :) Bryan
Thank you for your interesting question. As you mentioned, Clown Loaches like to eat pieces of banana. I wish I could
answer your question, but I've never tried feeding bananas to my Yoyo Loaches. I recommend you try feeding your Yoyo Loach a small piece of banana. Watch your fish very carefully. If it does not eat the piece of banana within about an hour, then
you'd better take the piece of banana out. Please send me a note and tell me
what you find out!
Yoyo Loach picture
is a series of pictures
of the same young Yoyo
Loach that measures
about 1.5" long. As you
can see, it has very
dark markings for now,
and it loves to explore
inside the Ceramic
Driftwood Logs. Click
here for more about
Yoyo Loaches enjoy each others company and will often be found together under the same rock or in the same cave. So plan to keep
at least three together in the same aquarium. A group with at least six Yoyo Loaches is even better. Good tank mates for Yoyo Loaches: a group of at least six
Clown Loaches, all kinds of
Redtail Shark or one
Rainbow Shark, all
all Danios, and all
here to read about several groups of compatible fish.
Size and Lifespan
Yoyo Loaches rarely grow larger than
6" in an aquarium and can live
for many years.
here for information about using Yoyo Loaches to get rid of the
small snails that can multiply in aquariums.
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