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Clown Loaches
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  This video shows a a young Clown Loach about 1.5" long swimming near a large rock and searching for food. Clown Loaches are very good scavengers and very mild tempered.
Scientific Name
named Chromobotia macracanthus, but formerly called Botia macracantha for a long time in many books.

Virtually all Clown Loaches are caught in the wild. When we get them, we put them in large bare aquariums with filters and pieces of non-toxic plastic pipe.

They often stay in the pipes for two or three days, while they acclimate and rest after the long trip.

Later they come out and form a big school with all the other Clown Loaches in the aquarium.

We check them several times a day to be sure they are getting stronger. After they've been eating and regained all their strength, we begin to ship them to our customers.

They do very well in aquariums, provided they have been carefully and patiently acclimated.

After Clown Loaches are completely acclimated and feeling good, they will often lie in a group piled on top of each other on the bottom of the aquarium on their sides or even upside down, and look like they are unconscious.

This startles and worries people who see them. Then the Clown Loaches revive and swim off in a group together, and I'm sure I've seen them smile at me several times, when they see the wrinkles on my forehead.

This behavior is an example of the many interesting things that you can see, when you patiently watch the fish in your aquarium.

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picturetrure of a group of Clown Loaches all measuring about 4" long. Picture by, suppliers of Tropical Fish.     Here is a group of 4" Clown Loaches. You can see that Clown Loaches enjoy being together. They will often pile on top of each other, and look like they're unconscious then revive and swim off across the aquarium. Click here for more about buying a Clown Loach from us. Clown Loaches enjoy having a cave to live in.

Appropriate Home
A Clown Loach is an escape artist so the aquarium must have a cover without escape holes, or this Loach will jump out for sure.

If your tank cover has holes, cut pieces of plastic from a plastic milk carton. Be sure the pieces of plastic are clean, then tape them over the holes in your cover.

Even better get an Eclipse 1, 2, or 3 Aquarium Hood for your aquarium. The Eclipses leave no holes for your fish to jump through.

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If your Clown Loach has jumped out, and you find it on the floor. Be sure to put it back in the water and give it a chance to revive.

A Clown Loach has an amazing ability to recover. Even if it seems very dry, it may revive. Of course, it is much better to keep your aquarium covered, so they can't jump out.

Clown Loaches will be much more comfortable, if they have a cave made of rocks or pieces of artificial driftwood to hide under.

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Most Eels, Sharks, and Loaches love Cichlid Stones, which are natural looking ceramic aquarium caves .

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Clown Loaches need an aquarium with at least 30-gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to keep the water between 78 and 82 degrees F.

Be sure the aquarium has a cover with no escape holes.

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Recommended Diet
Floating flake food. Perhaps some sinking food pellets but be careful because uneaten food will soon spoil and pollute the water.

Occasionally feed them live or frozen food such as live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp.

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Clown Loaches love to eat pieces of ripe banana. But you must be sure they eat it all or remove the uneaten bits with your net after 10 minutes.

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Clown Loaches are very good at eating small snails right out of their shells. In this way Clown Loaches can be used to get rid of the annoying small snails that sometimes multiply in an aquarium.

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Clown Loaches are a schooling fish so keep a group with at least six Clown Loaches.

Good tank mates for Clown Loaches are all Gouramis, one Red Tail Shark or one Rainbow Shark, a school of six or more Bala Sharks, all Barbs, all Danios, and all Rainbows.
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Picture Gallery
Clow Loaches - Now Chromobotia macracanthus, formerly called Botia macracantha.
Shown above is a series of pictures of some Clown Loaches that measured about 2.5" long, when they cam to live in DrTom's aquarium.

The pictures are in chronological order from top to bottom, so you can see them growing up. These Clown Loaches love to explore inside the Ceramic Driftwood Logs in their aquarium.

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Just below are two picture of one of the Clown Loaches that's shown just above after about a year of good care, when it had grown to be about 5" long with excellent color, which is probably due to an excellent diet of premium pet fish food.
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Size and Lifespan
Clown Loaches rarely grow larger than 6" in an aquarium and can live at least 6 years.

Occasionally very large wild Clown Loaches are imported that are 12" long and sometimes even longer. Actually we have seen a couple that were 16" long.

These gigantic Clown Loaches may be much more than 6-years old. It is known that some Clown Loaches have lived at least 40-years and perhaps some have lived longer than 50-years !

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