Clown Loach

Clown Loach

Scientific Name: Botia Macracanthus
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Origin: Ocean Captured Import

Information about the maximum size of the clown loach varies, with some estimates ranging up to 40–50 cm (16–20 in), and with typical adult sizes ranging from 15–20 cm (5.9–7.9 in).[6] The fish's body is long and laterally compressed, with an arched dorsal......

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Information about the maximum size of the clown loach varies, with some estimates ranging up to 40–50 cm (16–20 in), and with typical adult sizes ranging from 15–20 cm (5.9–7.9 in).[6] The fish's body is long and laterally compressed, with an arched dorsal surface and a flat ventral surface Its head is relatively large and its mouth faces downward with thick, fleshy lips, and four pairs of barbels The barbels on the lower jaw are small and difficult to see Clown loaches can make clicking sounds when they are happy, being territorial (used as a type of weapon/warning) or mating

This sound is produced by the grinding of their pharyngeal teeth.
The body is whitish-orange to reddish-orange, with three thick, black, triangular, vertical bands The anterior band runs from the top of the head and through the eye, the medial band lies between the head and the dorsal fin, and wraps around to the ventral surface, and the posterior band covers almost all of the caudal peduncle and extends to the anal fin There is some regional color variation within the species; the pelvic fins on fish from Borneo are reddish orange and black, while the pelvic fins on fish from Sumatra are entirely reddish orange.[7]The fish is sexually dimorphic, with females being slightly plumper than males

In addition, the tips of the tail on the male curve inwards slightly, whereas the females have straight tips.[4]
The fish has a movable spine that lies in a groove below the eye, which may be extended as a defense mechanism The spine may cause a painful wound, but is not venomous It also may be used as a predation tool as it is set close to the mouth.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Clown loaches are native to the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia

Clear stream environments provide the optimal habitat for clown loaches, but biannual monsoon flooding forces the fish to move into flooded flood plains, or murky or blackwater rivers or lakes, for 7–8 months of the year, and clown loaches are commonly found in the flood plains of hilly areas.[2] Breeding adults migrate to smaller waterways to spawn annually.[6]
In its native habitat, the fish is found in water with a temperature range of 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F), a pH between 5.0 and 8.0, and water hardness between 5 and 12 dH.[3]
  • Scientific NameBotia Macracanthus

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