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Clown Loach

$4.00$6.00
Earn up to 6 FBPoints.

The Clown Loach (Botia macracantha) is a peaceful schooling fish native to the inland waters in Indonesia on the islands of  Sumatra and Borneo.

In their native habitat, the Clown Loach is found in fast moving streams with water temperature ranges between 77 and 86 °F, a pH between 5.0 and 8.0, and water hardness between 5 and 12 dH. For a good portion of the year, monsoons force the Clown Loach into blackwater river areas and murky water conditions encountered when the plains become flooded.

Clown Loaches get their name from their bright colors.  The main body is light to bright orange with three wide black, triangular, vertical bands that gives it it’s unmistakeable appearance.  The front band runs from the top of the head through the eye, the middle band runs between the head and the dorsal fin and wraps around the body, and the rear band wraps around the caudal and anal fins around the body.  Clown Loaches are wide bodied fish that have a large moveable spine set in a groove below each of the fish’s eyes that is used for defense and holding onto rocks in swift currents.

Clown Loaches are shy fish and benefit from having live plants and river rocks in the aquarium to hide amongst. They appreciate having caves, holes, driftwood and other hiding places strategically positioned around heavy aquarium plantings.

The Clown Loach is one of the “must have” fish for tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. They get along well with most other members of a community tank and have some interesting habits like swimming upside down or on their sides, and laying on their sides and  “playhing dead” on the botttom of the tank.  This is normal behavior for these fish.

Unlike most nocturnal loaches, Clown Loaches are active during the day but need cover, and shy away from bright light.  Because they are schooling fish, they do best in groups of 6 or more individuals and need a large tank with good water movement.  When kept in groups smaller than five, they will spend a lot of time hiding.  Since they grow up to a foot long in their natural environment, a 100 gallon tank or larger is not inappropriate to keep these fish happy. Clown Loaches are susceptible to Ichthyophthirius (ich) or white spot disease when stressed or subjeted to rapid water temperature changes.

Clown Loaches should be fed several small meals throughout the day instead of only once a day.  They are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods like vegetable flakes, “Pleco tablets”, live, frozen, or freeze-dried worms, brine shrimp, tubifex worms, and banana or other plant matter. Botia macracantha are voracious eaters of those nuisance snails that sometimes sneak into your aquarium on live plants.

Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness:  Very Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max. Size: 1′ Color Form: Black, Orange, Red, Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Good community tank fish Origin: Indonesia Family: Cobitidae Lifespan: 15 years + Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
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Short Body Clown Loach

$68.00
Earn 68 FBPoints.
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness:  Very Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max. Size: 1′ Color Form: Black, Orange, Red, Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Good community tank fish Origin: Indonesia Family: Cobitidae Lifespan: 15 years + Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
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Thailand Koi

$10.00$25.00
Earn up to 25 FBPoints.
TROPICAL FISH - ARCHERFISH
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Archerfish

$30.00
Earn 30 FBPoints.
Size: Approx 5-6" Tank Size: 125 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately Hardy Water Conditions: 77-86 °F°, 20 – 30°H, pH 7.0-8.0 Max. Size: 16″ Color Form: Black, Yellow Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Freshwater or multiple species brackish water tank Origin: Indo Pacific Family: Toxotidae Life Span: 10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Advanced
TROPICAL FISH - CARDINAL TETRA
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Cardinal Tetra

$1.00
Earn 1 FBPoints.
Size : 1" - 1.2" Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Less hardy than Neon Tetras Water Conditions: 73-81° F, KH 2-6, pH 5.5-7.5 Max. Size: 3″ Color Form: Iridescent Blue, Red Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Peaceful, keep with other small tetras Origin: Farm Raised in Europe, Indigenous to South America Family: Characidae Lifespan: Up to 8 years Aquarist Experience Level: Moderate Experience
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Adolfoi Corydoras

$6.00
Earn 6 FBPoints.
Size: Approx. 1" Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 68-77° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.2-7.2 Max. Size: 2.5” Color Form: Black, White Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Great in community tanks Origin: Brazil Family: Callichthyidae Lifespan: 6 Years or more Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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African Butterfly Fish

$8.00
Earn 8 FBPoints.
Size: Approx. 2" Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Relatively Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 75-86° F, KH 1-10, pH 6.5-7.1 Max. Size: 4″ Color Form: Silver, Brown Diet: Carnivore Origin: West Africa Family: Pantodontidae Lifespan: 5 years or longer Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
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Albino Bichir

$8.00
Earn 8 FBPoints.
Size: Approx 4" Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 77-83° F, 5-25H, pH 6.5-8.0 Max. Size: 14″ Color Form: Whitish-Yellow in color, with red eyes Diet: Carnivore Compatibility: Keep with others of same size Origin: West Africa Family: Polypteridae Lifespan: 10 Years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
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Albino Corydoras

$2.00
Earn 2 FBPoints.
Size: Approx. 1.5" Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 68-77° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.2-7.2 Max. Size: 2.5” Color Form: White Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Great in community tanks Origin: Amazon, South America Family: Callichthyidae Lifespan: 6 Years or more Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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Albino Sucker Fish

$5.00
Earn 5 FBPoints.
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Albino Tiger Barb

$0.80
Size: Approx. 1.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Semi-aggressive in small groups Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-8.0 Max. Size: 4″ Color Form: Orange, White, Yellow Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Ok with other fast moving fish Origin: Farm Raised, USA Family: Cyprinidae Lifespan: 6 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

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Balloon Molly

$2.00
Earn up to 2 FBPoints.
Size: Approx. 1"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness:  Hardy Water Conditions: 70-82° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.5-8.5 Max. Size: 3″ Color Form: Black, Green, Orange, Red, Dalmation Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Community tank Origin: Mexico, southern U.S. Family: Poeciliidae Lifespan: 2-5 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

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