Most of the aquarium shops keep a group of clown loach as they’re quite a good show for home freshwater aquarium. Though many countries like Indonesia and Borneo have tradition of eating clown loach as a food but they’re quite popular in aquarium shops more as pet than food because of their pleasing appearance. You’ll find clown loach fishes near clear stream water near hilly areas or you can get them easily in nearest aquarium shop.
Size & color : Clown loach has orange and black stripped body and red fins. Adult fish grows to up-to 10 inches in size. There is some regional color variation for clown loach. Most of clown loaches are orange with black strip while some are with white body and black strips. Clown fishes have lifespan of about 10-15 years, so if you maintain your freshwater tank then sure they’ll able to live that long.
ph & temperature: ph of about 7 to 7.5 needs to be maintained for clown loaches. They’re found in clear water stream so you need to take of changing the tank water in regular interval. Temperature of 25-30 C is suitable for clown loaches. Water hardness should be in 5 to 12DH.
Food: Clown loaches have no strict requirement for particular food and are ready to almost every food that is dropped in tank. They usually prefer dry and live foods especially bloodworm. Frozen bloodworm or earthworm is good option and can be given to clown loaches on regular basis.
Behavior: Clown fishes are active during daytime and will prefer not to make movement in darkness. So you’ll find them less active during night times. They’re not harmful towards other fishes and usually prefer company of their own group. So if you want to buy clown loaches then i suggest buying a group of about 4-6. They require clean water else chances are there that they’ll fall ill.
Health: Clown loaches are prone to ich infection and even sometimes for bacteria infection. So if you find any such signs then it’s better to take them out and carefully needs to be medicated. Whenever you introduce new fish in the tank make sure you check for any infection in it. As they’re naturally controlling fish tank by eating small snails they’re preferred if the tank gets infested regularly.
Breeding: Loach female is easy to find out as it’s small and slender. While male has large tail and can be stand out easily when you look at the group of clown fish. There is not much information about breeding and care for it so you need to consult with aquarium shop owner or veterinarian about it. Clown loaches are harmless and they go quite well with other fishes in the tank. So if you’ve tank with non-aggressive fishes then clown-loach fish can be a good addition to your home aquarium. As clown loaches prefer to be in group you can buy them in number of 4-6. You can get a bigger tank for their group if you wish to purchase school of clown fish for show in your aquarium.