Its orange and black striped body, red fins, and active behavior has made it one of the most popular loaches.
The clown loach is a favorite for freshwater hobbyists. It is a peaceful fish and coexists well with nearly any tankmate. It is also an amusing species to watch and feed as it's active during the day. They also eat those annoying snails that can wind up in your aquarium. The Clown Loach is sometimes called a scaleless fish, but it actually does have small scales embedded in its skin.
The Clown Loach has a long, pointed nose surrounded by sensitive whisker-like barbels and a sharp defensive spine beneath each eye.
These spines are used for defense; in captivity they may prick fingers snag on nets, so it's important to be careful when handling your pet.
The Clown Loach's arched body is long and lean, ideal for cutting through the water. True to its name, its body is bright orangey-yellow, and its fins and tail are bright red. It has wide black V-shaped stripes along the sides of its body and a third black stripe running vertically through its eye.
|Scientific Name||Botia macracantha|
|Synonym||Botia macracantha, Cobitis macracanthus, Chromobotia macracanthus|
|Common Name||Clown Loach|
|Adult Size||12 inches|
|Tank Level||All levels|
|Minimum Tank Size||100 gallons|
|Breeding||Spawners (rarely bred in captivity)|
|pH||6 - 7.5|
|Hardness||5° to 15° dH|
|Temperature||75°F - 85°F (24°C - 29°C)|