One of the most famous aquarium fish these days is the Clown loaches. This fish is originated from Indonesia, especially in Borneo and Sumatra region. The majority of Clown loaches in the market are catch from the wild. And then the fishes are distributed to the market and consumers around the world.
One of the most unique features from this fish is that Clown loaches like to rest on their side at the bottom of aquarium. For people who do not know about this fish usually will assume that the fish is dead. If the fish is really dead, then they would be floating on their side on the water surface.
If you are interested with this beautiful fish, you need to know that this is a high maintenance fish. They can catch ick easily and very sensitive with the aquarium water conditions. So, the first thing that you have to do when buying Clown loaches for your aquarium is to find the healthy fish from the store.
Here are some tips to choose the healthy Clown loaches for your aquarium;
See the overall the fish store’s condition. Check the store’s aquarium conditions such as the water cleanliness and if there is any dead or sick fish. If there is some problems in some of the aquarium there is a big chance that some of their fishes are unhealthy and in a bad condition. You should only choose from the fish stores that taking care their aquarium in a proper maintenance.
Check the Clown loaches condition. You can find out the Clown loaches condition according to their color. The healthy fish will have clear and solid color while the stressed or unhealthy Clown loaches have fade and pale color. So, you must only get the fish with the distinct color on their body.
The Clown loaches are fed properly. Check the fish’s body and see if the clown loaches are fed properly. Ask directly to shopkeepers on the feeding schedule for the fish. If the clown loaches did not fed properly, they tend to get sick easily and it will be difficult to make them regain their health again. As a matter a fact there is high chance that the fish will be dead not long after you bought it.
Is the fish active? A healthy fish is very active and able to move fast, usually it would be hard to catch without a net.
Fishes hiding place. Does the aquarium in the store have hiding place for the fish? This place is use by the clown loaches to relieve their stress, so the fish in the aquarium that has hiding place will be healthier and has higher quality than the fish that do not has hiding place.
Buy the fish that has medium to large size. Smaller clown loaches (less than 2 inches) are more sensitive to their surrounding environment, so it will be more difficult to taking care of them unless you are experienced well enough in taking care of the small size Clown loaches.
Buy more than 2 fishes. This fish is a schooling fish that would prefer to stay in group. If you only keep one they will be stress out and die fast. So, you will need to buy a group of Clown loaches at least 3 fishes at one time.
After you have bought the Clown loaches and take it to your home, you should not completely remove them from the bag to your aquarium. Let the fish stay in the bag while put the bag in the aquarium and let it float around 10 minutes.
And then add water into the bag from the aquarium little by little so the fishes will get use and adapt to the aquarium water. After the bag is full with the aquarium water, you can fully release the Clown loaches to the aquarium.