Scientific name: Botia macrantha
The beautiful Clown Loach grows to at least five inches and does best in groups. Numerous hiding places must be available. Hobbyists can find this fish at smaller, less-expensive sizes during certain times of the year. An attractive bottom dweller, the Clown Loach has the unusual habit of swimming with other species that display similar markings, such as Tiger Barbs.
The Clown Loach does well in a temperature range of 74º to 82º Fahrenheit, a pH of 6.0 to 7.5, and soft to moderately hard water. It takes flake and freeze-dried foods but will also devour any snails in the tank.
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