Posted 09 August 2006 - 12:08 AM
A harmless, very active, social fish, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more. These fish have defensive spines located under their eyes. In cases of extreme distress they can deploy their spines located beneath their eyes. If a loach deploys its spines while caught in a net, untangle it very carefully. Some owners have been stabbed while trying to catch or touch these fish. When kept in smaller groups, they may spend more time hiding under obstacles in the water. They are also found to make clicking noises when excited or eating. Sometimes they lie on their sides on the bottom of the tank and appear to be dead. This is a common event and the aqauarist should be aware of this fact or false removal may occur. They natively live in a tropical climate and prefer water with a 5.0 - 8.0 pH, a water hardness of 5.0 - 12.0 dGH, and an ideal temperature range of 77 - 86 °F (25 - 30 °C). They eat small worms, crustaceans, and plant matter.
If you have noticed that your Clown Loaches do not come out of hiding, there are some easy things to adjust so that your Clown Loaches will be more comfortable. A good tank setup for a Clown Loach should include ample shade, plants (plastic or real), hiding places and other peaceful fishes. Make sure the environment is not too bright. Provide shade from tank lighting. If your tank is next to a window, you should move it.
Because Clown Loaches come from rivers and streams, they are accustomed to having other fishes and plants in their environment. Not having plants and/or other fishes can cause Clown Loaches to become stressed and to go into hiding. Be careful when adding fish into a tank with Clown Loaches. If you have just added an aggressive fish, and it is causing stress to your Clown Loaches, it should be removed. Before introducing Clown Loaches to your tank, make sure the fish you currently have are compatible.
You should also provide a variety of foods for your loaches. Bottom Feeder Pellets should be given daily. You should feed your Clown Loaches live foods as well.
Clown loaches are also regarded as a natural way of controlling an infestation of small snails in the aquarium.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:58 PM
No, they don't look as good at that size, they are very pale and the black was not good on them. However, I had 6 - 6" ones when I lived in Calgary, and they were just as beautiful as they are when you first buy them....maybe it has to do with their diet.
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