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Clown loach
Clown loach

Scientific Name: Botia macracantha

Origin: Indonesia

Family: Cobitidae

Other Names:

Technical Info

Temperature: 22 - 26 ℃

pH: 7 - 7.5

GH: 8 - 12

Max size: 30 cm

Min Tank size: 200 Ltr

Position in Aqua: Bottom swimmer



Rather peaceful fish that should be kept in a school of minimum 7. You can combine them with other medium to large sized fishes. In the beginning they are nocturnal and a little bit shy, but later they become more active during the day. The aquarium should be set up with driftwood and roots because they need hiding places. You need a fine gravel bottom and well anchored plants for this fish burrows.



They are omnivorous but they prefer snails.



Breeding them can be difficult in the home aquarium.


Compatible with

Bala Sharks, Barbs, Catfish, Danios, Gouramis, Loaches, Plecos, Rainbows, one Red Tailed Shark, one Rainbow Shark



It has the peculiar habit of playing dead on the bottom of the aquarium. Do not be fooled, they are just resting. They also make clicking sounds like many other loaches. As scaleless fishes, they are susceptible to ich and should always be quarantined when first acquired.