Popular Loach for Aquarium

by roshi on November 29, 2010

in Aquarium

loach fish, clown loach, kuhli loach, skunk loach, yoyo loach, zebra loach, blue botia, red finned loach

Loach are very popular aquarium fish among fish keepers. Blue Botia, Clown Loach, Kuhli Loach, Skunk Loach, YoYo Loach, Zebra Loach are few popular loach for aquarium. Be careful while you buy loach for your aquarium. Some loach fish can reach huge size up to 13 inches.

I have got blue botia (yellow finned loach, red finned loach) and clown loach in my aquarium. Blue botia hide most of the time in the bog wood while clown loach roam around in the aquarium. I have got few tiger barbs in the aquarium while sometimes seem to school with clown loach. I am not sure but clown loach and tiger barbs seem to school together. They have strong color and color pattern resemblance.

Loach are fast moving fish. They also go for snails in aquarium if you have any. Loach will wipe out snail community from aquarium. If you have got snail growth problem in aquarium then consider having few clown loach and watch snail get eaten by loach. Loach thrive in group of more than 5.

Popular Loach

  • Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracanthus)
  • Kuhli Loach (Pangio Kuhlii)
  • Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Yoyo loach (Botia almorhae)
  • Skunk Loach (Yasuhikotakia morleti)
  • Dwarf Loach (Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki)
  • Zebra loach (Botia striata)
  • Weather Loach (misgurnus anguillicaudatus)
  • Blue Botia (yasuhikotakia modesta)

Clown Loach max size is 16 inches while Blue Botia can reach up to 10 inches of size. So small aquaria are not recommended for these beautiful fish. For small aquarium you can have Zebra Loach that attain maix size of 4 inches.

Loaches is a site that contains a lot of information about loach. For more go here and here.

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