Like catfish, they quickly gulp for air at the surface and their barbels help them to seek food. Loaches are shy and nocturnal.

In wild the Clown Loaches (Botia macracantha) reach 33cm (c. 13"), yet like other fishes, smaller in a tank. Their usual habitat is in Sumatra, Borneo and the Sunda Islands. Even though they can be shy, they are a happy-go-lucky fish and often do odd things such as lying on their sides and making odd noises when eating. I heard the noise for the first time and it took me a while to realise is was them. They enjoy bloodworms and can break the shells of snails. Whenever you change the water, make sure you add chemicals to counter-act white spot.

Clown Loaches

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