4cm - 5cm
The Clown Loach, scientifically known as Chromobotia macracanthus, is a popular and lively freshwater fish that is beloved by aquarists. Here's everything you need to know about caring for and keeping Clown Loaches in your aquarium:
- Vibrant Coloration: Clown Loaches feature vibrant orange and black vertical stripes along their elongated bodies, giving them a unique and eye-catching appearance.
- Size: The Clown Loach starts small but can grow quite large. The 5-6cm (2-2.4 inches) size range is perfect for introducing them to your aquarium.
- Temperature: Maintain the water temperature between 24°C and 30°C (75°F-86°F) to provide optimal conditions for the Clown Loaches.
- pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 to replicate their natural habitat.
- Water Hardness: These loaches prefer moderately soft to moderately hard water, with a dH range of 5 to 12.
- Filtration: Ensure efficient filtration to maintain excellent water quality, as Clown Loaches produce more waste compared to other fish species.
- Tank Size: Provide a spacious aquarium with a capacity of at least 100 gallons to accommodate the Clown Loaches comfortably, as they can grow up to 30 cm (12 inches) in length.
- Substrate: Use a soft substrate like sand to mimic their natural riverbed habitat and provide a suitable substrate for their digging behavior.
- Hiding Places: Incorporate driftwood, caves, and large rocks to create hiding spots and retreats for the loaches.
- Plants: Include hardy, well-rooted plants like Java Fern or Anubias that can withstand the loaches' digging activities.
- Peaceful Community Fish: Clown Loaches are generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish, such as tetras, rasboras, or peaceful cichlids.
- Shoaling Species: Keep Clown Loaches in a group of at least 5 individuals, as they are social and feel more secure in larger numbers.
- Avoid Aggressive or Fin-Nipping Fish: Avoid pairing them with aggressive or fin-nipping species that may harass or damage their delicate barbels or fins.
- Omnivorous Diet: Clown Loaches are omnivores and have a hearty appetite.
- Varied Diet: Offer a varied diet that includes high-quality sinking pellets, flakes, live or frozen foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and vegetable matter like blanched zucchini or spinach.
- Feed Regularly: Feed them small portions multiple times a day to ensure they receive adequate nutrition.
- Water Parameters: Regularly monitor and maintain water parameters suitable for Clown Loaches to ensure their well-being.
- Partial Water Changes: Perform regular partial water changes of around 25% every 1-2 weeks to maintain water quality and stability.
- Tank Maintenance: Clean the tank regularly, removing any uneaten food or debris to prevent water quality issues.
- Monitoring Health: Observe the Clown Loaches for any signs of disease, stress, or abnormal behavior.
Clown Loaches are playful, entertaining, and engaging fish that will bring joy and excitement to your aquarium