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Chromobotia macracanthus (Clown Loach, Botia macracanthus)

One of the most popular aquarium fish which are widely available. The fish you will find in the shops are usually juveniles, and you do need to be aware that they can grow to a much larger size, although most are unlikely to exceed 20cm in aquarium conditions.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

Buy this fish online today from Wildwoods:
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 4-5cm, Price: £7.95 View shop
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 5-7cm, Price: £14.95 View shop
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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Clown loaches are very active and make good community tank inhabitants. They do need to be kept in pairs or groups (the more the merrier); otherwise they tend to be rather shy. They should be kept with a soft substrate because as with most loach species they like to forage and burrow searching for food.

Clown loaches have the alarming habit of resting on their sides, seemingly dead. They are also among the few aquarium fish that regularly make noises, usually clicking sounds. Clown loaches are notoriously sensitive to whitespot. Loaches can be sensitive to medications, so consult with your tropical fish retailer before using any medicines.

They have never been bred in aquarium conditions.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution Sumatra and Borneo
Temperature 24-29C
Size Up to 30cm
Water Parameters Soft to neutral conditions preferred
Water PH 6.0-7.5

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Amwell Aquatics - Epping Epping CM16 6LX View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland Peterborough PE6 0JB View shop
Pond Life Aquatics London NW7 1AS View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop
World of Water - Romsey Hampshire SO51 0HB View shop
World of Water - Manchester Cheshire. WA15 7PJ View shop
Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop
Aquatic Design Centre London SW12 0PS View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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