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Old 06-08-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Minimum tank size for clown loach?

I know they can reach up to ten inches... I'm just not sure what the minimum tank size for them is.
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For a group a 125 would be the minimum
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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And they need a group? I don't have one, I just like them lol.
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Yea they do best in groups, they are very social
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You can keep them in a smaller tank but you have to be prepared to upgrade your tank size as they grow.

In my opinion, you could consider the angelicus loach/botia as an alternative...they have pretty nice markings and are about half the size.
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I was in the market for some clown loaches for my 125g but couldn't find any locally that were big enough to go in with the cichlids.

i ended up getting 2 blueberry loaches, or blue botias. They are so amusing to watch! They are super cool fish in my opinion.
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You can keep them in a smaller tank but you have to be prepared to upgrade your tank size as they grow.

In my opinion, you could consider the angelicus loach/botia as an alternative...they have pretty nice markings and are about half the size.
Hmm, I'll look them up. What's their minimum tank size?
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I was in the market for some clown loaches for my 125g but couldn't find any locally that were big enough to go in with the cichlids.

i ended up getting 2 blueberry loaches, or blue botias. They are so amusing to watch! They are super cool fish in my opinion.
I'll look them up too! I like the angelicus loaches a lot, I just need to know their minimum tank requirements, and wether they need groups to decide lol.
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I have a question. What would be wrong with keeping them in a grow out tank? I could trade those back to the LCD and grt smaller ones so that those larger would be ready for a larger tank size wise?
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I only added 2 to my tank, they seem very happy with each other. Hope I shouldn't have gotten more LOL
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I have a question. What would be wrong with keeping them in a grow out tank? I could trade those back to the LCD and grt smaller ones so that those larger would be ready for a larger tank size wise?
The only thing is that I personally would get too attached lol. Then I wouldn't be able to take then back lol.
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I like them slot as well. Id like to get some but I may just keep yoyos. I need a bigger tank.
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Hmm, I'll look them up. What's their minimum tank size?
They get to be about 5 inches and like to be kept in groups...three although I am guilty of keeping only two at moment and they seem pretty content.
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They get to be about 5 inches and like to be kept in groups...three although I am guilty of keeping only two at moment and they seem pretty content.
And the minimum tank size?
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And the minimum tank size?
I always think that depends on how many you keep and what else you are keeping with them. Safe bet is 50/55 gallon minimum since they are still going to be 5 inches and you are probably keeping other fish.
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With the grow out tank thing, lots of people don't bring them back when they should and the fish can get stunted
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Yea that would be a huge problem. It would require a degree of discipline. I may try it with clown loaches but unsure. Or maybe buy a bigger tank.
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Bigger tanks are always fun!
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Bigger tanks are always fun!
Yes... But sadly, I must wait. mom says no more tanks. :'( then... Once I get into and out of college, (and get a job lol) I will have 3 10 gallon tanks, 2 30 gallon tanks, 1 55 gallon, and 2 125 gallons. I'm 13 lol... Right now I just have 1 10 and 1 30. One 125 will have my clown loaches lol! And it will also have a rainbow shark... Cause I love them lol.
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