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Clown Loach

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(Chromobotia macracantha)

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The Clown Loach is a must-have fish for many freshwater enthusiasts. It is peaceful and gets along well with almost any tank mate. The Clown Loach is also entertaining to watch and feed.

Unlike true nocturnal loaches, the Clown Loach is active during the day but will shy from bright light and hide amongst plant stocks or in rockwork. Best of all, however, this clown loach is a voracious eater of nuisance snails that sneak into your aquarium on live plants.

Native to the waters of Indonesia, this member of the Cobitidae family appreciates caves, holes, and other hiding places amongst heavy aquarium plantings, especially when it sleeps.

Because the Clown Loach is native to fast moving streams, it prefers good water movement and currents in the aquarium. Since the Clown Loach can grow to an impressive size of nearly 30cm in length, it should be housed in larger freshwater systems.

Interestingly, the Clown Loach is sometimes referred to as a scaleless fish. But it does, in fact, have small scales embedded in its skin. For best care, feed the Clown Loach small meals several times throughout the day.

Younger Clown Loaches will eat most prepared foods while older ones may be more finicky.

Prepared foods such as vegetable flakes or tablets along with meaty supplements such as live, frozen, or freeze-dried worms will provide this species with the proper nutrition.

Customer Reviews

Average rating: 5 stars

5 stars title= Clown Loach, 3rd Feb 2015

Reviewer: Niall Gribben

Picked up two (small) of these bad boys recently from Seahorse Aquarium, fun to watch and didn't appear to be shy when the lights were on at all. Unfortunately one passed away 2 weeks later, may have been stressed. So I intend to purchase maybe 3 or 4 more next time I pop in there.

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