Clown Loach Tropical Fish Information

Chromobotia macracanthus
Clown Loach
Behaviour Active, peaceful
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 120cm
Min Number 3
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Frozen, live, sinking foods
pH Range 5.5-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Clown Loach Chromobotia macracanthus
  • Clown Loach Chromobotia macracanthus - thumbnail
  • Clown Loach Chromobotia macracanthus - thumbnail

Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracanthus)

Clown Loach Tropical Fish Learn all about the Clown Loach's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Clown Loach is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Clown Loach is arguably one of the most popular and well known of the loaches due to its character and bold markings. In the aquarium Clown Loaches are an active, playful fish with plenty of character, which can be mixed with medium sized robust community fish. During feeding the Clown Loach can become a little boisterous so timid fish are best avoided as tank mates. Provide plenty of hiding spots in caves, wood, rocks and hardy plants. The substrate should be sandy or fine, sharp or chunky substrates will damage the fish's barbells. Apart from being prone to whitespot after transport or in fluctuating conditions, the Clown Loach is a robust fish that is undemanding of water hardness and pH. Provide well-filtered water, a variety of foods, and keep in groups of three or more. Can potentially reach up to 30cm.

Clown Loach Facts

Family Cobitidae (Loaches) | Synonyms Botia macracantha, B. macrocanthus, B. macracanthus, Cobitis macracanthus, Hymenophysa macracantha | Other names Tiger botia | Origin Asia; Indonesia; Sumatra, Borneo | Breeding Virtually impossible in aquaria, mating coincides with a rainy season in fast flowing rivers | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-8 Very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Running and still waters | Sexing Females are thinner, males may have elongated caudal fins



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