Clown Loach

Vibrant and swift, this Clown Loach shot taken by TomLA shows the popular Botia macracanthus in active swim. Probably hunting for food or a fellow Clown Loach to play with, these loaches are a common site at the corner pet store.


A schooling fish, the Clown Loach is most active with tank mates of the same species. You could combine the Clown Loach with other fish in the loach family. I've done this, and it's worked well. The Clown Loach is a little less shy when he has a buddy. Some facts to contemplate if you're interested in this fun and colorful fish:

  • Minimum tank size: 30 - 50 gallons
  • Survival rate is better if around 2" - 3 1/2" when acquired
  • A peaceful, fun fish
  • The Clown Loach loves finding nooks and crannies in the fish tank

Usually found peeking around the corner of rocks or driftwood, the Clown Loach spends much of the day on the bottom half of the aquarium. Get a strong current of water going though, and watch these guys enjoy swimming against it.

A Clown Loach can slowly grow up to as long as a foot. Bigger than most other loaches, it's something to consider if you're going to stock a few of them.

The Clown Loach would work well in a semi-aggressive fish tank containing other Loaches, Tiger Barbs, Gourami, Plecostomus, or Swordtails.

Gold Gourami

On the hunt for fish flakes, this beautiful Gold Gourami glides through the fish tank with ease. On the prowl! Taken by littleme3333, this fish is a colorful example of Trichogaster trichopterus, or the Gold Gourami.


A color variation of the Blue Gourami, the Gold Gourami is a peaceful fish and a fun fish to have in your tank. The Gourami loves brine shrimp, and will turn their nose up at fish flakes once they've acquired a taste for that delicacy.

Generally semi-aggressive, this fish has a few characteristics to keep in mind when you're thinking of adding it to your stock of fish:

  • Minimum tank size: 20 gallons
  • Easy to care for
  • Adults can reach up to 6"
  • The Gold Gourami is a Labyrinth fish which breathes air from the surface

To distinguish the male from female Gold Gourami, look for a long, pointed dorsal fin in the male. The female's fin is shorter and a little more round.

The male Gold Gourami is a 'show off' when it's breeding time. He'll swim in front of the female, puffing up his fins and tail to impress her. The male will build a bubblenest for the eggs, and keep guard over them until hatched. The female Gold Gourami should actually be removed at this time, as the male could attack her if he felt the eggs were being threatened.

Generally, the Gold Gourami is a peaceful fish that bides it's time swimming through the aquarium. Occasionally known to chase a tiger barb or two, this fish is a nice addition to the semi-aggressive fish tank.

Can you guess the sex of this Gold Gourami?