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    I bought two clown loaches about 4 or 5 months ago. Both were only about an inch long. The guy at the fish store said they were from the same "batch". Now one is almost twice the size of the other one, the smaller of the two measuring in at about 1 3/4 inches, and the larger, more voluptuous one measuring around 2 1/2 inches.

    So here's my question: Is one possibly a male and the other a female? The only info I've found on distinguishing between male and female is that the tip of the tail fins of a male are usually bent inward, but I cannot see any difference between the two...they are exactly the same except for their size.

    Im trying to get a good enough picture of them to post up but i swear its like they know lol.

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    Cassandra,
    The females grow larger, reaching 16 inches and a have great bulk with age. Males top out at 14 inches or so, and are much slimmer, though Clown Loaches are the most heavy-bodied of the common Botia species, Chromobotia in their case.

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    so there would already be that much of a differnce in size huh? wow...

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    that would be awesome if i had a male and a female...I want babies!!! but i read that its fairly uncommon to breed clowns in the home aquarium and they have to be quite a bit more mature...darn.

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    Hi,
    What size tank are they kept in?

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    http://www.loaches.com/species-index...a-macracanthus

    Check out Marge, the famous clown loach. They can live 20-30 years and grow rather slowly once they hit 5 inches..........or so all my readings have stated. Of my 5, two are females......both larger with less color. They have grown very slowly.

    They love zucchini and cucumber. Stick a slice on a fork and just drop it in the tank. They love playing in an airstone and also on a piece of slate in the bottom of their tank. Mine slide back and forth on the thing and appear to be sharpening their barbells or just like scratching themselves.

    I think they sell them much too early. I suppose because they don't want to keep them around but I think they would have a better start on life if not mass shipped at such tiny little things.

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    Lady Hobbs thanks , thats a great site! Marge is gorgious and huge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac
    Hi,
    What size tank are they kept in?

    mac
    right now they are in my 20 gallon...waaaay too small but ok for right now (right?) i put them in to get rid of a snail infestation and within 2 days...not one snail...now i wanna buy plants with snails on purpose lol

    maybe this is a dumb question...i know that the bigger the tank the better....but how soon before i really need to start looking at buying a large tank?...i dont wanna stress them by keeping them in a small tank too long...even though i realize they should have gone into a large tank to begin with...the reason i havent gotten one yet is because i think im moving in the next year and im worried enough about having to move a 20 gallon...i cant even imagine having to move a big tank...

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernguy
    Lady Hobbs thanks , thats a great site! Marge is gorgious and huge!
    i agree i have looked at that site soooo many times...i also like the picture of the clown loaches circling around a smiley face in the sand lol too cute

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    Hi,
    I know a lot of members will say that they are slow grows, which is correct. But IMO I would get the 100+++ gallon ready for these fish, as soon as possible.

    That way you don't have to worry about up-grading tanks all the time. Like a 20 gallon 50 gallon 75 gallon, 100 gallon ect.

    So to sum up I would start right away. Also IMO I get a 150 gallon or bigger if you can.

    mac

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