native water habitat is neutral water (pH of
7.0) with a water temperature between 75-86 degrees Fahrenheit. Clown
loaches are intolerant of poor water conditions. They are prone to
develop ich if left in unsatisfactory living conditions for extended
periods of time.
Like all scavenger fish, clown loaches are omnivores. They can
generally scavenge enough food that has been missed by the fish above
them to survive just fine. But food that sinks, such as sinking wafers
will insure they have more than enough nourishment to survive.
Clown loaches are egg layers. They are not known to breed in
captivity. Attempts to do so have been mostly unsuccessful. There are a
few instances where clown loaches have been reported to spawn
captivity. But this is a rare occurrence.
The clown loaches are aware enough of their surroundings to realize
they have been removed from their natural habitat. As a result they
have higher stress levels than many other fish. A good way to help
reduce their stress levels is by providing them with plenty of hiding
spaces on the bottom of your tank such as rocks and plants. Once they
adapt to their new surroundings they will be just fine.
Clown loaches are a long lived species given proper living
conditions. It is not uncommon for them to live from 40 to 50 years of
age. It takes them years just to reach sexual maturity.
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