Clown Loach

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Description of the Clown Loach

The Clown Loach is a very popular freshwater tropical fish originally from Indonesia. The fish gets the name 'clown' from its bright colors and stripes but it is also able to perform! It can swim upside-down and even plays dead! They are not recommended for the beginner and can grow to up to 30cm so will require a very large tank.

Popular Name: Clown Loach
Species: Chromobotia macracanthus

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Clown Loach

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This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Clown Loach species.

  • Clown Loach Size: Up to 30cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: 25-30 Degrees. Ph 6.5-7.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Flake Food, Frozen Brine Shrimp, Frozen Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Very active, Sociable Community Fish

  • Habitat: Streams, Rivers and Lakes

  • Clown Loach Behaviour: Keep groups of at least three together

  • Range: Islands of Sumatra and Borneo, Indonesia

Scientific Classification of the Clown Loach
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Chromobotia macracanthus

  • Popular Name: Clown Loach

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cobitidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Clown Loach?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! The female Clown Loach tends to be slightly plumper than the male.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Clown Loach slimy?
Clown Loach secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Clown Loach to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Clown Loach have gills?
Gills enable the Clown Loach to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Clown Loach have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Clown Loach has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Clown Loach has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Clown Loach has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Clown Loach has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Clown Loach

Clown Loach

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Clown Loach slimy?

  • Why do the Clown Loach have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Clown Loach have fins?

  • Species: Chromobotia macracanthus

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