NOT for beginner fish keepers. They require a tank that has been cycled for at least 3 months. They are sensitive to water conditions and since they are scaleless fish, they are more likely to die from disease introduced to your tank.
Clown loaches love to play! They'll swim in circles against the glass and imitate other fish in the tank (so make sure you keep them with active fish).
I have 3, and they all chose to imitate my pleco, which was very scary at first, by laying on their sides next to the driftwood and against plants!
These fish grow slowly from babies to subadults, but they will get BIG. I suggest 100gal or more because they are also schooling fish, so you'll need to have 3 or more to keep them happy and healthy.
February 7, 2014
Cool Fish but very sensitive
These fish are very cool and they are entertaining. they will make a "clicking" sound when fed. Make sure you have plenty of room for them in your tank because they will get sick if you over crowd them. They are know to get white spots or "ich" so be carefull and keep an eye on them. Also check your Ph & Nitrate levels in your water and change it twice a month or so. They do sleep on their sides giving the appearence of being dead so don't be alarmed. Overall a nice addition to any tank.
June 18, 2013
One amazing fish...
I bought two Clown Loaches in either 1997 or 1998 and, unfortunately, the smaller of the two died within the first few months, but the other one is still very much alive and doing fairly well in my 40 gallon tank. So, they can live a long time so be prepared! At the time I bought the pair, I had a Farlowella (Twig Cat Fish) which was also a bottom feeder. I did notice from the beginning that the one Clown Loach seemed to bully the smaller one, so whether this was a contributing factor in its demise is puzzling, esp since they are supposed to get along well in bigger groups. Both the surviving Clown Loach and the Farlowella accepted each other and got along well over the years. Farlowellas are very passive and wonderful fish to have in the tank, but if my Clown Loach wanted to forage for food and the Farlowella was in the way, he wouldn't hesitate to give him a nudge sending him up the side of the tank or on to a plant leaf. Sadly, my Farlowella just passed away about a month ago, but he lived to a ripe old age (almost 18 yrs!). I fear now that my Clown Loach is lonely as he spends a great deal of time in his cave, only venturing out to eat. I feed my fish a variety of food and currently, the only fish in the tank with my Clown Loach are five Harlequin Rasaboras, very small school fish. However, based on what I have read here I think I will obtain another one or two Clown Loaches to see if this will help mine become more socially active and to give him some (obviously) much-needed company. Hopefully he won't revert back to his old bullying ways! Nevertheless, I do love these entertaining and beautiful fish.
May 14, 2013
They ate my snail problem away. Also they are tropical fish and they look good its a win win for me soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Get at least 3 they do better in a school.
January 24, 2013