Preparing the aquarium
To keep the clown loaches in your home, you will need to prepare the right aquarium size at least 20 gallon or more. You need to know that despite their small size, this fish will grow and if you have several clown loaches you will need at least 125 gallon aquarium.
Use fine gravel or sand for the bottom of aquarium, so the clown loaches are able to dig just like in their natural habitat. Putting the water plant in your aquarium is also useful. The plant will reduce the amount of light that enter the aquarium. The clown loaches are preferred to live in a dim environment, so your clown loaches will be more active in your aquarium.
But, if you decide to put some water plant you need to pay attention to the clown loaches age. For the aquarium with juvenile fish, you can put almost any water plant species. But, for the aquarium with adult clown fishes, you can only use hard plants species such as Anubias or Java fern. This is because the adult clown loaches will eat and destroy soft type of plants.
Clown loaches also like to hide in narrow and tight place that barely fit their body. So, if you are new in raising this fish, you do not need to be worry if you see that your clown loaches seem stuck in small hole or place, it is just their natural behavior.
So, instead of worrying, you can add some (not too many dough) additional hiding place in your aquarium by using various materials that are safe for them such as, rocks, PVC pipes, woods and any other materials. But, you need to choose it carefully to make sure that the hiding place material is safe for the clown loaches for an example, the hiding place must not have any sharp edge on their material.
Since this fish is highly sensitive with the water quality, you must install good filtration system and equipment for your aquarium. You are also need to make sure that on your aquarium is sealed properly since Clown loaches like to jump over the water surface.
Since this fish is carnivores, you need to make sure that you feed them with the food that suit to their diet. They are only eat plants or vegetable to complete the nutrition in their diet. You can feed them 3 to 5 times everyday, so they can grow properly. The clown loaches are the type of fish that grow slowly.
Other than the fish food that you can buy on the fish or pet store, you can also try to give them other type of food that suit to their carnivore feature such as shrimps, small slice of meat, insects, snail and many other.
Try to observe your clown loaches after you give them other type of food. If you can hear them making clicking sound after they eat the food that is mean that they are satisfy with the food that you gave them. This way you will able to identified their favorite food, so you can pamper them whenever you like it.