Difficulty:Intermediate Temperament: mostly peaceful Preferred Water Parameters: Temperature: 23-30 degrees celsius pH Level: 5.0 – 7.5 General Hardness soft to medium Range: Native to Indonesia Clown Loach Tank Mates : Many given their peaceful nature. They do best when kept in a small school of 4 or more The Clown Loach is another favorite in the tropical fish world. The Clown Loach can live for a very long time, often 10 years or more if given good water conditions. They can be comical at times, like when they perform the strange behavior of laying on their side. Provide plenty of hiding spaces for your clown loach because they can also become quite shy at times. This is one of those fish that are more susceptible to ich than others. In fact, they are usually the first fish to die when water quality declines. For that reason, they are not recommended for the freshwater fish beginner. If you are planning on keeping them in your tank it may be a good idea to set up a quarantine tank for any fish you plan on adding to your tank. A quarantine tank will help prevent the spread of ich to your clowns. For fish food, the Clown Loach will go after vitamin enriched flakes and wafers but they seem to especially enjoy shrimp pellets.