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Old 06-29-2005, 09:31 PM   #1
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Fat clown loaches?

I have three clown loaches in my 58 gal planted, along with some guppies and tetras. They are about 3 inches long, maybe 4. One of them has the fattest stomach. You can see the stomach, like a black sack, as well. I don't notice it as much in the other loaches as the fat one. I rotate feeding flake and frozen food, plus I put in sinking pellets most days. I have tried cucumber, but no one ate any of it so I pulled it out after a couple of days. All three of the clown loaches will come to the top when I feed and they are constantly picking at the ground.

Is it normal for a clown loach to get fat?

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yep they are quite the piggies and will get fat and grow to about 10-12 inches.
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they are very greedy, but you might want to cut down on the feeding so they are plump and not fat. They actually get up to 14 inches.
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My clowns are also quite aggressive feeders, even at the surface. They clean up so well that in not much left for my true bottom feeders. I now have a much larger tank than anything I've owned in the past ( 90 gal) so I think these fellows my end up causing me some problems in regards to size in the future. I don't think I will have much problem finding them a good home though. FYI: have you ever tried putting a marble in your tank? Mine two move it around like a socccer ball. Its fun to watch.
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Do clown loaches get along with African cichlids? I'd be afraid to try, but I've always liked them.
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