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"I've had a Dojo Loach for a few days now. Prior to adding it to the tank, my husband and I did a big tank clean out in our 20 tall. We lost a lot of fish because of it. I assume stress because when I tested the water, everything came out fine. I don't know if it's a bacteria issue as we left some of the old water in to help replenish that. Plus our canister filter has a disposable bag filter plus a permanent mesh filter that we're not supposed to wash. I know it's a strong filter that moves the water because at the bottom of the tank I can see the plants waving in the current. We also have an under gravel filter system with 2 small air stones in the uplift tubes and we do have some live plants; 3 potted that we bought with the loach to replace the rooting plants and 2 algae balls that have been in the tank since the beginning. We added the loach and it did very well. Even acted out right before we had some snow fall. Today it did the same thing so I wondered if we were having another storm. When I checked on it again, he was breathing heavy. I tested the water, everything still pans out, but I still did a 25% water change, adding Stress Coat and Nitroban to the new water. Over the course of the days since we got the loach, 3 more fish have died. Not including the loach just a few minutes ago. I'm pretty upset by this as I'd never had this happen before. My tank temp is a constant 80*F. I read the loach is a cooler water tropical fish but only that higher temps shorten the life span by years. Any advice? My daughter has already named this fish too..."

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