Clown Loach

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Clown loaches are schooling fish and do better in groups. We recommend at least 3 but the more you get, the happier they will be. We sell individually, in 5 packs and 15 packs.

COMMON NAME: Clown Loach

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Botia macracantha

ADULT SIZE: 12 inches



Family Cobitidae
Origin Indonesia
Social Peaceful
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
Diet Carnivore
Breeding Spawners (rarely bred in captivity)
Care Moderately difficult
pH 6 - 8
Hardness 5° to 15° dH
Temperature 75°F - 85°F (24°C - 29°C)

Origin and Distribution

The Clown Loach hails from the rivers and tributaries of Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, and Kalimantan. During spawning periods, they migrate to flooded areas of the rainforest where soft water the color of tea flows through boggy, slow-moving streams. This loach prefers waterways that are slow-moving shaded by leafy plants and lined with plant detritus such as fallen leaves, twigs, and plants.

Like all loaches, 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 and 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. 

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