Clown Loach

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The Clown Loach is another favorite in the tropical fish world. The Clown Loach can live for a very long time, often 10 years or more if given good water conditions. They can be comical at times, like when they perform the strange behavior of laying on their side. Provide plenty of hiding spaces for your clown loach because they can also become quite shy at times.
This is one of those fish that are more susceptible to ich than others. In fact, they are usually the first fish to die when water quality declines. For that reason, they are not recommended for the freshwater fish beginner. If you are planning on keeping them in your tank it may be a good idea to set up a quarantine tank for any fish you plan on adding to your tank. A quarantine tank will help prevent the spread of ich to your clowns.
For fish food, the Clown Loach will go after vitamin enriched flakes and wafers but they seem to especially enjoy shrimp pellets.

Clown Loach Profile Facts and Care Information

Scientific Name : Botia macracantha

Common Names : Clown Loach

Care Level : Medium, very prone to ich infestation and is not recommended for the freshwater aquarium fish beginner.

Size : 12 inches (30 cm)

pH : 6 - 7.5

Temperature : 75°F - 85°F (24°C - 29°C)

Water Hardness : 5° to 15° dH

Origin / Habitat : Borneo, Sumatra

Clown Loach Lifespan : 10 years and longer

Clown Loach Temperament / Behavior : They are generally peaceful and can usually be kept in a community aquarium.

Clown Loach Breeding / Mating / Reproduction : Breeding them can be difficult in the home aquarium. Read the following article for more information: Breeding Clown Loaches

Tank Size : 75 gallon or larger.

Clown Loach Compatible Tank Mates : Many given their peaceful nature. They do best when kept in a small school of 4 or more.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment

Diet / Fish Food : Will accept many types including flakes, freeze dried and live foods.

Tank Region : Mostly the bottom

Gender : Difficult to determine the gender.

Similar Species : Loaches

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