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Hi Tina,
It's Cameron again I decided to get black kuhli loaches instead of catfish so now I have two of them living with the honey gourami,two swordtails,two silver lyretail mollies and my mystery snail in the 20 gallon tank. I bought a fairly sized cave for them to hide in and they have made burrows underneath the caves walls like little pockets. Anyway my question here is that I've noticed that when I first put them in they had a hard time trying to dig into the gravel,and I know that I'm supposed to have a somewhat sandy substrate but i couldn't find a good source,is that okay that they can't easily burrow into the ground as long as they have the cave to hide in?
         Thanks again Cameron ;)

Cameron, I love these guys. I would still recommend a couple Cory catfish. They get along well and do not get large. They will share the cave fine. The Khuli's won't keep tank clean like a catfish. Medium gravel they can dig in easily but, as long as they have a cave that is fine. They are more nocturnal anyway. Your tank is stocked perfectly after the Cory's. Do not add anymore fish and you should have a great well balanced tank. Good Luck, Tina

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Tina Beatty-Quiao


I can answer any question's you have regarding new set ups, filtration, lighting, heating and fish compatability. I can help you with breeding. I am familiar with fish disease, parasites, injuries and how to treat them. I am familiar with all your regular species....such as your Goldfish(all kinds), your tropical community fish as platy's, mollie's, tetra's and such, your semi-aggressives such as gourami's, angel's, shark's, and such, and your cichlids...African and South American. I am also familiar with most of your rarer fish such as butterfly's, snakehead's, flowerhorn's, arowana's, dragon's and many more !!!!!


I have been in the petcare industry for over 20 years. I have managed a pet shop for years and have worked for a large petchain for years. I know their policie's if you have a problem. I have to say there isn't too much I haven't come across. I have kept fresh, salt, brackish tank's forever...

Beside's my experience I also have a background in chemistry and biology.

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