This video shows a a young Clown Loach about 1.5" long swimming near a large rock and searching for food. Clown Loaches are very
good scavengers and very mild tempered.
Click on the images above.
macracanthus, but formerly
called Botia macracantha
for a long time in many
Virtually all Clown Loaches are caught in the wild. When we get them, we put them in large bare aquariums with filters and pieces of
non-toxic plastic pipe.
They often stay in the pipes for two or three days, while they acclimate and rest after the long trip. Later they come out and form a big school with all the other Clown Loaches in the aquarium.
We check them several times a day to be sure they are getting stronger. After they've been eating and regained all their strength, we begin to ship them to our
customers. They do very well in aquariums, provided they have been carefully
and patiently acclimated.
After Clown Loaches are completely acclimated and feeling good, they will often lie in a group piled on top of each other on the bottom of the aquarium on their
sides or even upside down, and look like they are unconscious. This startles and worries people who see them. Then the Clown Loaches revive and swim off in a group together, and I'm sure I've
seen them smile at me several times, when they see the wrinkles on my forehead.
This behavior is an example of the many interesting things that you can see, when you patiently watch the fish in your aquarium.
Here is a group of 4" Clown Loaches. You can see that Clown Loaches enjoy being together. They will often pile on top of each
other, and look like they're unconscious
then revive and swim off across the aquarium. Click
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Clown Loach from us. Clown Loaches enjoy having a cave to live in.
A Clown Loach is an escape artist so the aquarium must have a cover without escape holes, or this Loach will jump out for sure. If
your tank cover has holes, cut pieces of plastic from a plastic milk carton. Be sure the pieces of plastic are clean, then tape them over the holes in your cover.
Even better get an Eclipse 1, 2, or 3 Aquarium Hood for your aquarium. The Eclipses leave no holes for your fish to jump through. Click
for about aquarium covers.
If your Clown Loach has jumped out, and you find it on the floor. Be sure to put it back in the water and give it a chance to revive. A Clown Loach has an amazing
ability to recover. Even if it seems very dry, it may revive. Of course, it is much better to keep your aquarium covered, so they can't jump out.
Clown Loaches will be much more comfortable, if they have a cave made of rocks or pieces of artificial driftwood to hide under. Click
to see some rocks and pieces of artificial driftwood that are safe for aquariums.
Most Eels, Sharks,
love Cichlid Stones,
which are natural
looking ceramic aquarium
caves . Click
here for more about
Clown Loaches need an aquarium with at least 29 gallons of water, an
exterior power filter
with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4 inch of
gravel, and an
heater adjusted to keep the water between 78 and 82 degrees F. Be sure the aquarium has a cover with no escape holes. Click
for about aquarium covers. Click
here for more about warm water aquariums.
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Floating flake food. Perhaps some sinking food pellets but be careful because uneaten food
will soon spoil and pollute the water.
Occasionally feed them live or frozen food such as live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. Click
for more about Black Worms.
Clown Loaches love to eat pieces of ripe banana. But you must be sure they eat it all or remove the uneaten bits with your net after 10 minutes. Click
to read more about feeding fish.
Clown Loaches are very good at eating small snails right out of their shells. In this way Clown Loaches can be used to get rid of the annoying small snails that
sometimes multiply in an aquarium. Click
here to read more about using Loaches to get rid of small snails.
here to read about several groups of compatible fish.
Clown Loach Picture
is a series of pictures
of some Clown
Loaches that measured
about 2.5" long, when they cam to live in DrTom's aquarium. The pictures are in chronological order from top to bottom, so you can see them growing
Clown Loaches love to
explore inside the
Ceramic Driftwood Logs
in their aquarium. Click
here for more about
are two picture
of one of
that's shown just
about a year
it had grown
to be about 5"
due to an
pet fish food.
Size and Lifespan
Clown Loaches rarely grow larger than 6" in an aquarium and can live at least 6 years. Occasionally very large wild Clown
Loaches are imported that are 12" long and sometimes even longer. These
gigantic Clown Loaches
may be much more than 6-years
It is known