I'm sorry but I have to respectfully disagree with you on Clown Loach size and growth patterns. My two got to be six inches in a year and 7 and eight inches in another year. After they reach that size they do slow down in their growth.theessigs said:Gina - I did some research for you and according to aquariumfish.com (which is sponsored by aqaurium international and others) says this:
In the Family of Cobitidae, Clown Loaches in the wild it can reach 17 inches; however, in the home aquarium it seldom exceeds 7 inches.
Temperature: 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, Water: Not particular, Origin: Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo
The clown loach is an active schooling fish that is best kept in small groups (three to six fish). It will tolerate tank mates of other species, although docile species may become agitated by the constant activity of this fish. Clown loaches may alarm their owners by lying on their sides and backs while resting appearing to be dead. This is normal clown loach behavior. They also make audible clicking sounds in the evening. The clown loach has switchblade-like eye spines, but because it is not a territorial fish, these pose no threat to its tankmates. However, they may become entangled in nets, and may also cause injury to the aquarist's hand if he or she is not careful. This species can live for as long as 20 years in the home aquarium. The clown loach is a "naked skinned" fish. That is, they either lack or have very tiny scales that are imbedded in the body. This can present a problem because it provides the fish with almost no protection from toxic materials dissolved in the aquarium water. Avoid adding medications to the aquarium unless they are specifically recommended for "scaleless" fishes.
Hope this helps & good luck!