About the Clown Loach Fish
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About the Clown Loach Fish

Clown loaches have a large range of food for their diet. Dry and frozen foods can be given to them, but their most preferred food are live ones. Among live food for clown loaches, they love worms the most. Earthworms can be fed to clown loaches, but you better make sure that they have not ingested fertilizer from the soil.

Freshwater Clown Loach Fish

The freshwater clown loach fish is a very popular freshwater aquarium fish because of their pretty colors and playful behavior. The freshwater clown loach fish is a very sociable fish. In fact, if they are alone in the fish tank, they become more vulnerable to diseases, their growth slows down and they tend to die young. The best way to take care of a freshwater clown loach fish is to give them company in the fish tank.

Appearance

When they are young, freshwater clown loach fish have a vivid orange body with 3 large black stripes. Sometimes, these black stripes appear in different patterns, but usually, they are simple stripes that distinguish this type of fish from others. As they grow older, the vivid and vibrant colors of their bodies fade. They can grow up to 16 inches in length if given great care. This is why a big fish tank is required if you want to have this fish as a pet.

Behavior

Freshwater clown loaches are very active during daytime, playing with their fellow clown loaches and even other species of fish. They are very sensitive to their environment, so if you are adding other species of fish or new elements to the fish tank, you must monitor clown loaches to detect early warnings of a disease. They are very peaceful and playful, making them ideal to have in a large tank with other smaller types of fish. They tend not to become predators to smaller fish and their young, so breeding other species of fish in a clown loach tank is perfectly safe. Their most endearing behavior is their dance in which they tumble over each other in a vertical group position. Another entertaining behavior of the fish is its weird sleeping positions. They sometimes sleep upside down or on its side, which may freak out people who are not familiar with the clown loach's habits.

Feeding and Breeding

Clown loaches have a large range of food for their diet. Dry and frozen foods can be given to them, but their most preferred food are live ones. Among live food for clown loaches, they love worms the most. Earthworms can be fed to clown loaches, but you better make sure that they have not ingested fertilizer from the soil.

It is rare for clown loaches to breed in a fish tank even if the conditions are optimized. This is why there is little to no information about clown loach fish breeding in captivity.

Are You A Beginner Aquarist?

If so, you might want to reconsider buying freshwater clown loaches as your first group of fish. They may be widely available in most aquarium shops, but that doesn't mean they are easy to maintain. They are very sensitive to nitrates and pollutants, requiring very specific fish tank conditions. Even if other types of fish are in the fish tank with your clown loaches, you must set the conditions in your tank for them specifically. If you are ready to do this, always remember that you need to keep the fish tank's temperature between 78 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fish tanks pH balance between 6.5 and 7.0.

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