I had a couple clown loaches before and they were as active as could be no matter where I was at unfortunately they passed away from a bad case of ich, these are still roughly new fish (maybe a month) so I’m hoping they will come around.Redshark1 said:They will normally retire to their main retreat as you approach the aquarium. But having this safe zone plus dither fish can help encourage them out.
That is normal and logical behaviour for many fish which are cautious at the looming shape of a potential predator, something big enough to swallow them.
To change this natural behaviour is not easy but mine have learnt that six o'clock is feeding time and they are less sensitive at this time. In fact they all sit at the front glass and demand food (see my pics in Clown Loach Photos). I still back off after feeding to watch them from a meter away.
You need to be patient but you can influence their behaviour if you are determined.
I will try to black out the sides and see if that helps, over the past two days I’ve seen a major change out of nowhere and they don’t quite mind as much me being aroundRedshark1 said:Was this contrasting behaviour in a different tank?
I blacked out the walls of the tank (except the front LOL!) and this helped.
Very young ones are very active and surf the glass quite a bit doing the Loachy Dance. Later they settle down.