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Old 07-31-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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We have 2; Pierre and Claudette. We initially introduced clown loaches to our tank because we tried going with live plants and managed to bring a single snail into the tank, which very quickly multiplied to hundreds. It got completely out of control, so I researched what fish eat snails and voilà, found out about the adorable and precious clown loach!

They went to town on those pests, and within just a few days we were completely snail-free! And since they are snail-eaters, we thought they simply must have French names.

We must be doing something right, because they are growing extremely well -- too well! They were no more than 2" when we got them, and they are easily 4" now. Unfortunately, that means they've seriously outgrown the 18 gallon tank we have them in, so we're either going to have to get a much larger tank, or find them a new home that already has one.

The largest clown loach I've ever seen in captivity was 11-12" long, and they had to be returned to the pet store because the owner simply didn't have the capacity to house them any longer. Clown loaches can live up to 40 years!! We've had these for 6 or 7 already.
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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They are beautiful fish, but because they do best in schools and get so huge, I just don't have tanks large enough. My largest is only 29g. Some day when the kids have finished college, I'm hoping to get a 55 gallon. From what I've read though, even that is too small for clown loaches. Maybe you could find a bigger tank on Craigslist if you want to keep them forever. But for now, enjoy them!
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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They do get huge, that's for sure, but they are (or were supposed to be!) very slow growers, so I figured I had plenty of time before I had to upgrade the tank. Looks like it's going to be sooner, rather than later!

These guys just love each other. They dance a kind of fish ballet together that is so amazing to watch. When we upgrade the tank, I may add a third one, but they are thriving just the two of them. You never, ever want just one, though. They will literally mope and pout themselves to death.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Yeah Clown Loaches are whoppers I have seen some that are 16 inches in zoos.

I would search craigslist or local fish forums if I were you. some people sell huge tanks on forums for less than 50 bucks. The last tank I bought was a 125g for 40 bucks.
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