Clown Loach - Planted Tank Mates

Clown Loach

12″ | 5 or more | 75 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.5 | Peaceful

Chromobotia macracanthus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 78° – 86°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 5 – 12

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 75 gal

Grouping: 5 or more

Tank Mates

Nano community fish like tetras, rasboras danios and gouramis.  Larger mid-dwelling fish like tiger barbs, rainbowfish and non aggressive cichlids like German Blue Rams and apistogramma are also good tank mates.   Clown loaches also do well with other peaceful loaches like Kuhli and Yoyo loaches.  They’re compatible with non territorial bottom feeders like Bristlenose plecos and corydoras.  Even large arowanas can be good tank mates for Clown loaches.  Avoid dwarf shrimps and snails which can be come expensive snacks.

Notes

Clown loaches are very active when kept in larger groups. They can be playful in nature, but exhibit this behavior when kept in groups of 6 or more.  Avoid bright lights and provide lots of shaded areas. They’re most active in the early morning and late evenings when lighting is more subdued.  They prefer soft, sandy substrates to dig through.  Clown loaches are sensitive to poor water quality, so maintain high water quality by doing regular partial water changes.  When they get larger, it’s recommended to provide a larger tank, possibly 150 gallons or more.

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ImageClown loach fish (Chromobotia macracanthus).Zebra tiger otocinclus (Otocinclus cocama).Pepper corydora catfish (Corydoras paleatus).Leopard corydora catfish (Corydoras leopardus).Habrosus corydora catfish (Corydoras habrosus).Rosy loach fish (Tuberoschistura arakanensis).
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Description

12" | 5 or more | 75 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful


2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

1.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

1.25" | 8-10 | 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful

Content

Chromobotia macracanthus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 78° – 86°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 5 – 12

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 75 gal

Grouping: 5 or more

Tank Mates

Nano community fish like tetras, rasboras danios and gouramis.  Larger mid-dwelling fish like tiger barbs, rainbowfish and non aggressive cichlids like German Blue Rams and apistogramma are also good tank mates.   Clown loaches also do well with other peaceful loaches like Kuhli and Yoyo loaches.  They're compatible with non territorial bottom feeders like Bristlenose plecos and corydoras.  Even large arowanas can be good tank mates for Clown loaches.  Avoid dwarf shrimps and snails which can be come expensive snacks.

Notes

Clown loaches are very active when kept in larger groups. They can be playful in nature, but exhibit this behavior when kept in groups of 6 or more.  Avoid bright lights and provide lots of shaded areas. They're most active in the early morning and late evenings when lighting is more subdued.  They prefer soft, sandy substrates to dig through.  Clown loaches are sensitive to poor water quality, so maintain high water quality by doing regular partial water changes.  When they get larger, it's recommended to provide a larger tank, possibly 150 gallons or more.

Otocinclus cocama

Characteristics

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Beginner

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Herbivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

Cardina and Neocardina Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches

Notes

Otocinclus are very hardy and one of the most peaceful nano catfish you'll ever find.  They're true herbivores and wont eat baby shrimp fry.  They're also a shoaling fish, so when kept in larger groups they'll swim around together from one feeding point to another.

Corydoras paleatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras trilineatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species.

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Leopard Corydoras are often confused with Julii Corydoras.  The difference is that Julii will have spots on the front part of their head, while Leopard will continue the same body pattern.

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras habrosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Tuberoschistura arakanensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.8

dGH: 8 - 12

dKH: 4 - 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 8-10

Tank Mates

Neocaridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Guppies and Otocinclus

Notes

Rosy loaches are one of the few nano size members in the loach family.  They're active bottom feeders but are generally peaceful with the community.  They can eat small snails and baby shrimp, but most adult shrimps are too big for their mouths and generally safe.

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