The Clown Loach is a peaceful fish and coexists well with nearly any tankmate. It is also an amusing species to watch and feed as it is very active during the day. Clown loaches will even eat any annoying snails that wind up in your aquarium. The clown loach is sometimes called a scaleless fish, but it actually does have small scales embedded in its skin.
Colors and Markings
Like all loaches, the clown loach has a long, pointed nose surrounded by sensitive whisker-like barbels and a sharp spine beneath each eye. These spines are used for defense; in captivity, these may prick fingers or snag on nets, so it’s important to be careful when handling your loach. The clown loach’s arched body is long and lean, ideal for cutting through the water. True to its name, its body is bright orange to yellow, and its fins and tail are bright red. It has two wide black V-shaped stripes along the sides of its body and a third black stripe running vertically through its eye.
|Minimum Tank Size||100 gallons|
|Breeding||Spawners (rarely bred in captivity)|
|pH||6 to 7.5|
|Hardness||5 to 15 dH|
|Temperature||75 F to 85 F (24 C to 29 C)|
Size: 6.5 cm
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