The Detroit Post
Friday, 03 December, 2021

Do Weather Loaches Shed Their Skin

Ava Flores
• Saturday, 21 November, 2020
• 8 min read

I have just set up a new 55Gallon tank, and all that is in it, besides a few decorations and plants, are three Long fin Blushing White Tetras, and two 5-6" long WeatherLoaches I transferred yesterday (after a lot of “fun” trying to catch them) from my 20. I know most coaches don't have scales like other fish, and it got me to wondering if they shedtheirskin a bit as they grow.


I have seen the skin -like things before, either floating on the bottom or clinging to the plants, but always assumed they had something to do with the snails. Also, not to alarm you but my grandmother had a place once, and she did not test the water and due to something in the water she touched him once and one whole side of his skin just came off...the place died shortly after that as well as the other fish.

“Life is short and hard like a body building elf.” I know you can touch your fish, and even pet them sometimes, as long as your hands are wet.

I think that is because most fish have a protective mucous covering over their bodies, and you can disrupt it if your hands are dry; something like if you touch a butterflies' wings. I think fish keeping has become a lot more technical over the years, as people have begun to figure out how to replicate their fishes' natural environments more closely.

When I bought an aquarium three months ago, I had no idea just how involved it could be! But I'm glad I'm finding out, because I think that is part of what makes it so interesting and fun.

The 20 gallon has finished its cycling and is now entering into being an established aquarium. As far as the skin goes, I'm not sure, but if I think about it, they have been present since I got my coaches, and both seem to be active and in good health.

Many Coaches (other fish, too) produce extra slime coat when they are stressed (such as by chasing and catching them). When Clown Coaches have been kept with other fish (for example in a shipping bag) and they are stressed this excess slime coat generated under the stressful situation seems to be toxic to other fish.

I do not know about other Coaches (toxic or not) or what kind of concentration is needed (shipping bag vs large tank), but better safe than sorry. 38 tanks, 2 ponds over 4000 liters of water to keep clean and fresh.

I wanted to make the capture as stress-free as possible, but unfortunately with fish, there is no real way of letting them know you are only trying to help. In fact, their coloration looks better in the new tank, perhaps because of the lower temperature.

Today I also brought some driftwood and decorations from the other tank, and added some plants. I got a smaller piece for the 20, and proportionally, it looks much better, making more space in that tank as well.

Coaches seem to be quite smart about things that matter to them, and a nice hiding place like that driftwood ranks high on their list. 38 tanks, 2 ponds over 4000 liters of water to keep clean and fresh.

This one is very shy and gets along with all other tank mates, including tetras, ram cichlids, sharks, etc. However, when I thought he was lonely and brought home another rope fish for him, he attacked the new one and nearly killed him (who was of the same size).

I remember when I was a child and lived in Japan that these fish were sold in markets (alive) for making soups. My Mom bought some for dinner and when we got them home I sat and watched them swim around a plastic bowl.

She was pretty upset at the fact that everything was already prepared for these guys to boil but after shedding my river of tears she gave up and dumped them into our Goldfish tank. It's also a cold water fish, and Goldfish make great tank mates.

They prefer the colder waters as they come from cold streams in China, and parts of Asia. You'll hear it making sucking noises at the water surface at feeding times.

A slimy film is often seen floating around the tank, and caught on the filter intake. My other Weather Coach, Mrs. IVANA WHISKERS, is 5 1/2 years old and about 16 cm in size.

They love to burrow in the fine gravel substrate and lie on the hill of large rocks or lounge on the tops of plants. The WeatherLoaches are very easy going, and get along with my Angelfish, Davis, Barbs, Tetras, Grams and even with a large (20 cm) somewhat cranky Spotted Plecostomus.

They seem to be able to survive temperature fluctuations, new tank mates, the occasional disease, etc, and are very hardy fish. I have noted that when I first got Ivan, he was very lonely and hyper all the time (as the only Coach in the tank).

Mine are inseparable when eating, sleeping or playing chasing games. I feed them a combo of flake food, shrimp pellets, algae/spirulina wafers and color enhancer.

As they age, their brown spots get larger and darker on the lighter gold background. He is as happy and hungry as ever, but I wonder if “he” is a PREGNANT “she”... I have not observed any courtship dance and this Coach “pregnancy” may be wishful thinking.

I never thought mine would get out through the tiny creases around my filter hoses, but unfortunately he did, and I was not able to save him in time. Written by Charlie Sharpe In the United States, we watch the weather report in the evening news.

Amazingly, our weather experts might be given a run for their money when pitted against the meteorologically gifted fish. When storms approach the previously calm weather coach begins swimming wildly about, appearing to be looking for a way out.

However, they have been introduced into locations across the world, and wild populations can now be found in Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Spain, Turkmenistan, the U.S., and Uzbekistan. This ever-widening distribution is due to several factors, including aquarium releases and farms where the fish are raised as a food source and for use as angling bait.

Often mistaken for an eel, the weather coach has an elongated olive-colored body that is either striped from head to tail (as seen in Misguides fossils, rarely seen in the United States and Western Europe), or sprinkled with many spots, as seen in Misguides angullicaudatusis. Many owners can relate stories of their coach jumping from the tank and surviving overnight without any ill effects.

It is not unusual to see a weather coach resting on its pectoral fins as if they were arms, intently following your movements with its eyes. Some owners report that their weather coach likes to be touched and even petted.

The ability of the weather coach to thrive in less than optimal situations dates back to its natural habitat in China and Japan. The weather coach enjoys hiding places such as rocks and other landscaping materials, or even something as simple as a plastic tube left in the tank.

Lighting should be subdued, or plenty of covers provided so shady hiding spots can be found. In the wild, their diet consists of insect larvae, small crustaceans and mollusks, and detritus.However, they will also readily eat fresh vegetables.

Their ability to adapt their diet has made them a subject of some concern because of the impact they could have on the aquatic insect population should the numbers of weatherloaches in the wild increase. The United States is not the only part of the world where weatherloaches have been served at the dinner table.

Breeding is fairly difficult, primarily due to a lack of knowledge about their spawning habits. Spawning follows a courtship ritual that includes sinuous movements back and forth by the breeding pair, sometimes lasting for a period of several hours.

Grabbed a torch and there appear to be 2 skins there, almost how a spider shells. The skin thing you found could also just be a decomposing aquarium plant leaf that has filled with air.

No I've no shrimp My stock to date is 1x In Alec 2x Leopold Davis 1x Davis (unknown breed on this one) 6x White Cloud Mountain Minnows 3x Zebra Coaches Whatever the skins off, it definitely has stripes, and a fin Personally I would advise doing a re-count on your fish to make sure you haven't accidentally missed any.

Personally I would advise doing a re-count on your fish to make sure you haven't accidentally missed any. Personally I would advise doing a re-count on your fish to make sure you haven't accidentally missed any.

You sure they aren't just producing an excess of slime coat because something is stressing them in the tank? I'm just kinda skeptical that this is normal if what you are seeing is slime coat from your dojo coaches, especially since I cannot find any sources that say this behavior is normal in dojo coaches.

Crustaceans have to shed their exoskeletons on a regular basis because otherwise if they kept the same shell throughout life, they would not be able to grow. Can you share this article with us? I'm just very reluctant to believe that this is normal for coaches like dojo to do this until I see some proper information recording this and explaining why it happens etc.

Well i don't know where the article is because i read loads of them when I found out about dojos. Its basically like the shredded skin of an African dwarf frog.

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