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. Breeding adults migrate to smaller waterways to spawn annually..
The scientific name is Chromobotia macranthus or commonly know as the clown loach. No doubt for its playful behavior. This entertaining fish comes from Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra and should be kept in groups of three preferably 5. Nocturnal by nature it is a real treat to have in the tank.
Environment: some cover
Temperature: 72-80 F
Hardness dH: 10
Min. Tank Size: 20 gal
Max. fish size in aq: 12"
Origin of specimen: pond
Compatibility: general community
Size chart not available at this time