Tiger Loach

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Description of the Tiger Loach

The Tiger Loach is originally from Indonesia and is a very popular freshwater tropical fish. The fish gets the name 'tiger' from its bright colors and stripes resembling a tiger. The tiger loach is an amusing addition to the aquarium, 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: Tiger Loach
Species: Chromobotia macracanthus

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Tiger Loach

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Profile of the Tiger Loach
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  • Size: Up to 30cm

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

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

  • Temperament: Very active Fish

  • Habitat: Streams, Rivers and Lakes

  • Behaviour: Keep groups of at least three together, Sociable Community Fish

  • Range: Islands of Sumatra and Borneo, Indonesia

Scientific Classification of the Tiger 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: Tiger Loach

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family:Cobitidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Tiger 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 Tiger Loach tends to be slightly plumper than the male.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Tiger Loach slimy?
Tiger Loach secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Tiger 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 Tiger Loach have gills?
Gills enable the Tiger 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 Tiger 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 Tiger Loach has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Tiger Loach

Tiger Loach

  • Interesting Information about Tiger Loach

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

  • Why do the Tiger Loach have gills?

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

  • Species: Chromobotia macracanthus

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