Clown Loach
Chromobotia macracanthus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

8 - 12

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Orange, Red, Tan



Water Conditions

72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5


General: Clown loaches are a very well known fish in the hobby and have very amusing personalities. They are extremely social fish and prefer to be kept in groups. Clown loaches do best in aquariums with significant water flow that provides oxygenated water. Clown loaches will venture out into the open aquarium if the tank is outfitted with dim lighting, which mimics their natural habitat. If you want live plants in the aquarium, therefore choose species that can tolerate low light conditions. Clown loaches do have a tendency to nibble on plants, so plant with caution! Clown loaches like a sandy substrate with lots of structure in the aquarium that provides hiding spots.

Fecundity: Breeding clown loaches in the home aquarium has not yet been documented.

Water chemistry: Clown loaches prefer a water temperature ranging from 72-86F, a KH ranging from 8-12, and a pH ranging from 6.0-7.5.

Aquarium Diet: Clown loaches are not overly picky eaters and will gladly accept frozen or live brine shrimp and blood worms, algae wafers, fresh vegetables such as cucumber slices, fish flake, and live snails.

Dimorphism: Female clown loaches are slightly larger than males, and males have a tail that slightly curves inwards, while a female's tail is straight.

Compatibility: Good tankmates for clown loaches include other clown loaches, tetras, rainbowfish, larger rasboras, gouramis, and barbs. Fish that should be avoided include those with long, fancy fins.

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