Animal Stories - Clown Loach

Animal-World Information about: Clown Loach

The Clown Loach is a very popular fish, land makes a fabulous freshwater showpiece!
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fisheninthedark2008 - 2008-12-28
Several Clown Loaches, came to live in our (mainly Tetra) community, just before Christmas. I have had my tank for about a year now, and it was suggested, in one of my aquarium books, when it comes to loaches....Make sure the tank is well established (not starting with loaches, when you first put your tank together) environment wise. I followed this suggestion, and hope that all goes well. They were well worth the wait! My suggestion, as suggested in my aquarium book, wait to get loaches, until your tanks environment is well established. It is worth the wait. They make their "clicking" noises at supper time...LOL

Henry - 2011-05-27
By any chance is it true that a clown loach will directly get stunted if he's the only one of his kind in the aquarium? I have 1 in a 55 gallon tank, and like Calvin, he is with 6 tiger barbs. With that space, I assumed I can't house any more of his kind, and I'm just a kid so I can't afford a bigger tank. He's out all the time and hides only to sleep at night (quite frankly, he doesn't even hide when I make water changes). He is also a pig when it comes to eating, LOL. Under those conditions I immediately concluded that I really didn't need to buy any more of them. Right now he's only 1.75 inches, and has stayed with me for 3 months. I thought I was taking really good care of him until I read on some sites that keeping a clown loach alone will stunt it, which really alarmed me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-27
    You can have just one clown loach and they won't get stunted or die. It is OK. When you have more than one clown loach they are more active just because there are other loaches to play with. Sounds like yours is doing fine. There is no reason it should be stunted. That is dependent on food and size of tank.
  • Henry - 2011-05-28
    Thank you so much! That's what I thought, too. I just really needed to confirm it from experienced individuals such as those from this site. I hope the other sites will be more careful with information. They may have right intentions, but everyone deserves to know the truth. I'm really happy and relieved. Thanks!!!
  • Makaila - 2011-08-18
    A few years ago I'd have to pay soemnoe for this information.
  • ug - 2012-01-15
    i really think it has something to do with its size. if the clown loach is bigger than the tiger barb it will still get provoked, but if the clown loach retaliates it will no longer attack. However, it is out numbered by other spieces so more than likely it will not come out of its hole, only if it is hungry. u will need to buy more loaches by the warmer season...
  • Ryan - 2012-04-07
    I don't know, but i had a clown loach in a 10 gallon with cory cats and some others. He was only a couple inches long and then I moved him to my dads 75 gallon tank that had a wide vareity of fish some being agressive but he held his own. I don't know if he was stunted cause he was the only one or if there wasnt enough space or if it was just his max size but after about 4 years he died at about 4-5 inches from ick.
  • Fiona - 2012-12-30
    I have a very large clown loach (approx. 11inches long) in my tank (I call her Big Bertha), she lives with a Black Ghost Knife fish, 2 Maingano's (who have just had babies), 2 Jewels, 2 Green Terrors, a kissing Gourami, an upside down catfish. I bought her when she was very small as she was the only one left at the store. Her growth has not been stunted at all, she is the biggest in my tank! Just a side note: I bought her when I first started out with cichlids & I have had no issues at all.
Anonymous - 2012-09-23
Does anybody know how to get rid of 'Ammonia'? I've tried frequent water changes. I've practiculary changed the whole of the tank water 3x now!! Taking out half of the water each time, but the ammonia test still shows green? I've bought the ammo lock which doesn't take out the ammonia it just makes it safe. I've read about ammo carb and chips will get rid of the ammonia but i cant seem to be able to buy it? Is there anything else I can buy that actually gets rid of the ammonia. Cheers in advance =)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-24
    Sounds like you are testing water that is just added (fresh from the tap) as well as water that you have treated with ammonia removers. Ammonia is usually not present in your tap water, but you may want to test that to see if that's where its coming from. However, because you are repeatedly getting the same results each time you test, whether new water or treated water,  I would suspect the test kit may be bad.
Mandy Thomas - 2012-09-12
Hi there. im new to all this =S i was wondering on how to avoid certain diseases? Would it make sense to add a drop of white spot into the aquariam every 3-6 months, Or would that be a complete waste of time?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Hmmm... white spot is usually considered a fish disease known as Ich. So not sure what you're asking. But with a properly maintained aquarium you shouldn't need to treat the tank with a medication. Best practices are to make sure you're tank gets cycled, do regular water changes, keep the temperature at the proper level and don't over feed.
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Phantomwicca - 2012-05-16
We bought 2 of these little clown loaches. They are Very colorful and we just fell in love with them. One though had a lighter black pattern then the other. They hide a lot. Unfortunately the lighter one was found dead under the ship, and we know it didn't fall on him or anything. Poor little guys tail fin was sticking out. My grandson said it fell on him like the house on the wicked witch. lol Any way, we looked him over for ich but didnt find any. My question is the mate is missing. Could he have burrowed to far into the sand and we will see him again? We have searched the entire tank. We also have 2 irredescent sharks, but they are babies, and one little tiny eel like fish that spends most fo its time wrapped around a rock in the sand, too. Just curious, we just set up a 90 gallon aquarium for the first time. Anything will be helpful.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    Loaches need a very well established tank. Not a good fish for a newly established tank. It could have burrowed. Sometimes the filters can suck these guys in too.
  • Phantomwicca - 2012-05-26
    Thanks for replying. He did make appearances, but we never really figured out where he was hiding or burrowing. We lost him, too. Unfortunately, I am stumped. Still no site of anything that would have killed or hurt him.
Calvin - 2011-05-20
I have had my little clown loach for almost four months now and I will never forget his story. He was in a school of five when I saw him(or her) in the store and I immediately kept my eye on it. I've planned to buy all five in a week when I get home, but sadly, after the week has passed, he(or she) was the only one left. I still bought him, but I felt sad for him that he's alone and might not make it, so in a gambling effort, I bought with him 6 sumatra barbs, which endured with it the 3-hour trip home. At home in a matter of hours, they were really "at home" in my tank, with Loachie, schooling with the barbs. I also asked my brother to keep his eye on Loachie during the first week I'm not home for any signs of Ich. It was a miracle, all alone, yet Ich-free. He hasn't really grown today, but I heard they are slow-growing, so it's ok. But the end of my story, the best thing I ever did was buy those sumatra barbs, they are undoubtedly "the BEST" tankmates for clown loaches.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    Thank you for the information. I posted it as a great comment. I love the story and background. I am glad you are happy with them.
  • Ryan - 2012-04-07
    The clown loach I had was by far my favorite fish ever.Try introducing some grey cory catfish as I noticed my clown loach enjoyed playing with the 2 I had. BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF ICK, my poor loach died from it.
fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-05
Can I keep 4 clown loaches with 2 firemouth cichlids in a 55 gallon tank?
Thanks for your responses!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Rule of thumb is one usable gallon for every inch your adult fish is going to be. You have to subtract gallons for plants, gravel, filter, decorations etc. The clown loache is going to go about 12 inches. You would need about a 60 gallon tank for the 4 loaches. The loaches when they get a little bigger will also probably kill/attack the cichlids.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    Thanks, aren't the cichlids more aggresive than the loaches?
  • Ryan - 2012-04-07
    Fish will generally grow to their environment, meaning that if you put a clown loach in a 10 gallon tank then it's not gonna get to 12 inches. I'm not saying cram your tank full of fish. The one gallon per inch is a great rule of thumb. But the clown loaches attacking other fish is exetremely unlikely because I have had them before and they are really freindly active fish.
Michael Mclure - 2007-01-01
i just bought 4 clown loaches. they all ae great but they keep hiding in the treasure chest, only coming out for food when it comes down.

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  • E T G - 2012-03-08
    I also bought the same fish two they went in too hiding it's been over a week or two. When do they come out and stay out it would be nice to see them more
  • Elaine Taylor Gray - 2012-03-08
    I also bought the same fish to. They went into hiding. It's been over a week or two when do they come out and stay out? It would be nice to see them more what make them hide out
fishy - 2010-04-14
i bought 2 clown loaches yesterday 1 of them is active n keeps swimming but the other one just stays at 1 place it only moves when I bang my palm on the glass of my aquarium plz tell me is he fine or is he sick?

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  • spencer - 2010-11-16
    Fishy. If your clown loach is like that, you check if it has white spots all over its body. If it has, your loach has ich which is a disease common among tropical fishes, especially clown loach. If not treated, it could kill your fish. I would recommend adding in medicine that is used to treat white spots/ich and get a heater to heat the water temperature to 30 degrees-spencer.
  • HANDSOME - 2012-01-25
    I think it is sick.Is there any white spots?They are prone to ich.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-02
    You should never tap the glass. This, stresses the fish out. He could be adjusting to the aquarium, give him a few days.
kev p - 2010-11-23
I have recently bought 3 clown loaches but I don't seem to see much of them is this normal at first?

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  • matt - 2011-09-13
    No, check your water ph high nitrates maybe.