Above: In this picture is a mature premium quality Clown Loach, swimming in one of our tanks, when one of our crew members took this picture.
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Origin: These Loaches are caught in the jungles in Borneo and Sumatra, which are two large islands in Southeast Asia, and they now live in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Clown Loaches can grow to be about 12" long, including their tails. Rarely very old females are even bigger.
Behaviors: Clown Loaches are active swimmers and quarrel gently with each other but are rarely aggressive.
They need a cave to hide in and spend a lot time hidden away to then come out and flash their beautiful colors and pattern.
Sometimes they pile on top of each other or lie on their sides, pretending to look sick or dead.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Barbs, Rainbowfish, Danios, Gouramis, and many other small to medium size aquarium fish.
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Temperature: They live well from about 75 to 80+ degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 78 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when very small and small Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: Clown Loaches seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 6.5 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder, but seems to be OK for Clown Loaches, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, when they're less than 3" long, but a bigger aquarium is better.
Allow at least 3-gallons of water for each Clown Loach under 3" long. They grow at a moderate rate and at about 3" should move into a 40 to 60-gallon aquarium.
Eventually they'll need to live in a much bigger aquarium with 150 to 300-gallons of water.
Decor: Clown Loaches do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. Clown Loaches seem to do better in aquariums with live plants and aquarium-safe driftwood.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water is OK to start with a few Clown Loaches that are less than 3" long.
At 3" long Clown Loaches should move into a 40 to 60-gallon aquarium with a Penguin 350B Filter, and eventually a much larger aquarium with 150 to 300-gallons of water and as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit along the back edge.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Clown Loaches can live in excess of 20-years, if they're fed premium food and kept in a very large aquarium with very fresh water.
Gender: As they mature females become larger and plumper than males, who are raised in the same group.
Breeding: There've been a few reports of Clown Loaches spawning in aquariums, but it's rare.
There are reports that very small fry of this fish are collected in the wild and raised up by fish farmers. Not exactly breeding them but the next best thing.
Popularity: Clown Loaches are very popular aquarium fish.
Names: The scientific name of Clown Loaches is Chromobotia macracanthus.
Variations: There are distinct populations, one on Sumatra and the other on Borneo, which have been separated for millions of years and have slightly different patterns and may by now be different species.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments. DrT - 01/15/2015
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