Clown Loach 5-6cm


Chromobotia macracanthus

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Scientific Name Botia macracanthus, Botia macracantha
Country of Origin Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. Also Malaysia and Brunei.
Water Type Freshwater
Max Size 30cm+ (12"+)
Temperature 26-30°C
pH 7.5

Clown Loaches are a giant among loaches. They are the most commonly available loach species in the fishkeeping hobby, although given their potential adult size, they really shouldn't be. Many newcomers to the hobby are instantly drawn to the beautiful bright 1-2" fishes often offered for sale, unaware of just how large these cute "little" loaches will grow. Under the right conditions, they grow quite quickly, and adults will eventually require an aquarium measuring at least 6" x 2" x 2". Even small specimens of this species must initially be housed in an aquarium that is 4ft long as a minimum. Anything smaller can cause these fast-swimming fish to become stunted and stressed. Clown loaches are often a life-long commitment; indeed, when cared for properly, they live for decades rather than years (some reports suggest up to 50 years), so this is something the aquarist must think seriously about. Clown loaches, like other members of the family Botiinae, are very social creatures, and MUST be maintained in groups of at least 5, and preferably more. They form highly complex social structures within the group, and their physical health will suffer if they don't have contact with their own kind. Adding some suitable "dither fish" to the aquarium may encourage them to venture out a little more during the daytime, and species from the barb, danio, rasbora, and tetra families make great companions. The aquarium should be well filtered with a decent amount of current and aeration. The substrate should consist of fine smooth sand in order to protect the delicate sensory barbel area, and numerous shady hiding places, in the form of bogwood and caves should be provided. Small partial water changes of 10-15% at a time should be carried out at least twice a week. Nitrates should be kept below 40ppm at all times. Clown loaches are often recommended for tanks with a snail problem. Yes, they will eat snails, but so will other species of botiid loach, some of which are much more appropriately sized for the average community aquarium. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the following before you place an order.

Shipping Policy

We ship our fish with DX, the only courier in the United Kingdom who are licensed to ship fish and other livestock by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We can guarantee next-day delivery for £30 between Monday and Thursday for orders placed before 1pm and for boxes up to 25kg.

We are able to ship on Friday for a Saturday arrival, but this service will cost £45.

Please note that we will not send a fish that day if overnight temperatures are due to be lower than 6 degrees Celsius.

Some of the fish we stock can be sexed and are sold in a pair of 1 male and 1 female. Please bear in mind, however, that we attempt to match them correctly to the best of our anatomic knowledge but there can be some mistakes, as it is not always guaranteed that the fish will be oppositely sexed.

All our fish are packed in double thickness bags for their safety and security.

The bags are then packed into a polystyrene box with a 40h heat pack and a cardboard outer.

After a shipping date is agreed upon, it is the responsibility of the buyer to be at home when the package arrives.

Once the fish arrive it is your responsibility to acclimatise and then quarantine them using the dripping method. All fish leave our care in good health.

International Shipping

On account of stringent regulations and certificates surrounding the shipping of live fish reintroduced following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) in 2016, Aquarium-Fish Ltd are no longer able to ship to the EU.

However, we are able to ship anywhere else in the world. Please get in touch if you reside outside the UK and are interested in making a purchase to discuss shipping costs and times.



Dead on Arrival (DOA)

Policy In the unfortunate but unlikely event of your livestock arriving dead we offer a fairly standard common-sense DOA policy, standard for the tropical fishkeeping hobby.

In the event that a fish is DOA, you should contact us within 2 hours of arrival. Failure to meet this timeline will void the warranty with no exceptions.

When contacting us following a DOA, please ensure you send us a video and 3 photos of the fish in the unopened sealed bag it was originally packaged in.

Please take the time to ensure that you send us clear photos. Following a DOA, we will apply the credit of the fish (Excluding shipping) towards a future purchase.

If you pay the shipping again then we can discuss sending you a replacement, or hold the total credit for a future purchase.

If you need further clarification on any of above or have any questions about out range of tropical fish for sale, please contact us via the booking form.



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