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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Clown loaches with small fish?

Would a 6 inch clown loach be ok with small fish like black neon tetras, kuhli loaches, and sidthumunki loaches? I know yoyos at that size have been known to pick off small fish, but what about clowns? They always seemed like a more peaceful loach to me, but I could be wrong.

FYI, this would not be the home indefinitely, but I am moving some fish around from various tanks while I get a new one set up, so I was just wondering if it would work for awhile.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 12:09 AM
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The clown loach should do just fine providing it was raised in a community tank. Loaches are one of those fish that can be aggressive or passive depending on their tank mates. Also keep in mind the clown's are social fish, they like to be kept with at least 3 or 4 other clowns. The tendacy of the clown loach to defend itself has made it a very popular choice for those that are keeping cichlids and want a clean up crew. As for the size please know that clown loaches will often get to 10-12 inches long and upwards of 2 pounds, so they will need a big aquarium for fully grown. Also clown's love to hide, so you will need to make a few hiding spots for them. I have kept them in the past, but in their effort to hide they always ended up getting stuck somewhere and dying. If you have space for it, and it was raised in a community tank you should not have a problem with it, I have not seen a clown loach actively attack a fish, but I have seen them defend themselves plenty of times.
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Hmmm, I got them from someone who had them in a community tank, but it was yellow labs, and a bunch of random big fish, so not small community fish. I know how big they get. I have a 155g tank, and within a year or two I will finish building my 300+ gallon tank. I got two from the person, and I plan to get a couple more. Anyone else have any idea how a clown this size (the other one is maybe 3-4 inches) would do with those fish?
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