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Clown Loach Tips

Clown Loach

From: Jason
I've had one clown loach in a 100 gallon tank for about 6 months, with 9 silver dollars and a pictus cat. My poor loach would just kind of cruise around like he was lost or something. So today I bought him 3 buddies. They are all 4 to 5 inches long and beautiful. My old loach acts like he was just saved from a desert isle. He is so happy to have friends. Anyone out there who has just one loach (and you know who you are) go get it a pal a.s.a.p. It will love you for it.

From: Faye
I was reading the comments about the loaches and yes they are very amusing. I work in a pet store and we carry them and when customers come to us about a snail problem, we recommend the loach as they are very good snail be goners lol. I really enjoy this website, it has alot of good information on it. Thanks again
From: Rov
I've got two beatiful clownloaches. I feed them flakes, cucumber, surimi, prawns, brocolli and peas. Four important things to consider I believe are:
1. Buy a pair or more (5 is recommended)
2. Have a long tank
3. Apply only half the required ICK dosage treatment if ill
4. Use tiny pebbles or sand as substrate!

From: HallCloset
I'm so glad I've read all your comments. I got roped into a fish tank at work without knowing anything about any of it. They have been fun and with the help of this site I'm really enjoying them. I purchased one of these clown Loaches and have always thought he was a mopey fish. He/she always looked depressed. How sad to think he really is depressed. I'm going to go get him a friend tomorrow. Thanks!

From: Daleep
I have 3 clown loaches in a 96 jewel tank. Yes I know it's small and I am getting a rio 400. They are great fish especially for snail control. I religiously do a 25 percent water change every week. I've had the clown loaches for seven months and they have grown an inch!

From: Lisa
These fish are hilarious. I have 4 between 16 to 20cm in a 4 ft tank with 3 small silver sharks, 2 bristlenose plecos, 8 angelfish and 4 tiny golden algae eaters. They are very peaceful fish that love hiding spots and must have a weekly water change of 25 percent. I always add water conditioner and stress zyme and feed them once or twice a day. Preferably at night. They are 6 years old.

From: Foxy
I have had three clown loaches. I bought 2 and then one died within a week so I bought another one that is a bit bigger. Soon after the first one I bought died but it at first became really skinny, then it played dead for two days before I actually realized it was dead. But while this one was dying I noticed my newest clown got a really round stomach. Does anybody think it could be pregnant? Also I had 7 neon tetras and they have all died in the last few days. Could it have been the clown loach that ate them and this is why it has got 'fat' or do u think it could have just been bad water conditions?
Wow, sounds like you have some serious water quality issues happening in your aquarium. You need to get an aquarium test kit and test your water parameters. Has your tank completed the aquarium nitrogen cycle? If you find out that your parameters are out of whack you'll need to perform partial water changes to get it back in line. Please don't buy any more fish until you get these issues straightened out.

From: TS
Clown Loaches have become our favorite fish. Mine are happiest when kept in schools of 5 or more, and have the best personalities in the tank. I've had no trouble with buying very small juveniles (less than 1 inch) and raising them from there. I have them with Bala Sharks, Yoyo Loaches, Killifish, Gouramis, a Peacock Eel, Pink Rainbow Sharks, Khuli Loaches, Rainbow Botia, and Swordtails, in a 45 gallon. They all get along fine. They spend a lot of time on the gravel, so avoid the really sharp gravel. I use ecocomplete substrate as I have a planted tank. They eat my plants, but that's ok with me as I figure it's just part of their diet.
They are indeed very cool loaches. The number of fish you list will be too many for a 45 gallon tank as they grow larger, especially the clown loaches and the bala sharks. Time to upgrade to a larger tank - woohoo!

From: Loach Lover
I did have 1 clown loach in my tank with 5 neons and a guppy but after reading about them I decided to get another 2 loaches and they seem very happy together. I highly recommend these fantastic lively fish. They are such a joy to watch and if anyone has just the 1 clown loach you need to get him a pal.

From: Chris - Ich Problem
I've had a 20 gallon tank running for about a month and a week, filled with mostly gouramis and a rainbow shark. To finish it off I added a pair of clown loaches, (planning to upgrade to 50 gallon in a few months) and the day after I put them in, bam, ich all over the poor loaches. So I immediately went and got sensitive fish ich medicine, even halved that medication just to be safe. It's just now after the second treatment, with one left to go, every three days. The bottle recommends a 50 percent water change after each treatment, my question is, won't that severely screw with my nitrogen cycle? Because after the 10 or so days of treating I'll basically have changed out more than the full tank. Thank god none of my other fish are showing signs of ich, and the loaches are basically clean now, only a few spots left, so that means the ich has now floated to the bottom and will hopefully die. Any tips would be much appreciated, thanks!
Changing the water that often won't harm the cycle. Most of the beneficial bacteria should be in the filter media and in the substrate. When the ich cysts drop to the bottom of the tank, they will reproduce not die. Thats why you need to gravel vacuum with the water changes. This is a very important step. You'll also want to raise the temperature into the low 80's °F and increase the amount of surface agitation to keep dissolved oxygen levels up. Good luck treating this parasite.

Author : Mike FishLore

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