Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracantha)


With their vibrant coloration and active nature, Clown Loaches have been a staple in the aquarium hobby for years. A schooling fish, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more as smaller groups of fish will be shy and rarely display their active, almost comical natural behavior. Clown Loaches inhabit a variety of different habitats in their native Indonesia, and will adapt to most conditions in the aquarium. As a carnivore with a fast metabolism, they should be fed often with a variety of prepared and frozen foods to ensure they are well-fed. Although they can grow fairly large, they are slow growers and it may take years for them to reach their full adult size.


Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracantha)

Origin: Wild Indonesia
Locale: Sumatra
Omnivore and insect/invertebrate feeder, will readily accept most sinking prepared and frozen foods
Adult Size: 14″+
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons+
Compatibility: Generally peaceful but fast moving, which could stress out smaller, slower-moving tankmates.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm