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Clown Loach / Chromobotia macracanthus (Group of 5)

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Clown Loaches have beautiful coloring and have the most amusing playful behavior. A active fish that is easy to care for and will bring a lot of life to your tank. It’s no wonder that they are some of the most popular fish in the aquarium trade.

These fish have laterally long bodies with relatively large heads. The mouth is turned downwards with thick, full lips and four pairs of barbels; with the barbels of the lower jaw being small and difficult to see. On the body, they display a wonderful reddish-orange coloration with three vertical black stripes. The first stripe crosses the entire head and eyes, the middle stripe is located between the head and the dorsal fin, while the posterior stripe covers almost the entire caudal peduncle extending to the anal fin. There may be variations in color according to the fish's provenance, the pelvic fins in fish from Borneo are reddish-orange and black, while the pelvic fins in fish from Sumatra are fully reddish-orange. Regardless of where they come from, their colors are always flashy and strong. Its popular name "Clown Loach" derives from its flashy colors, as well as its behavior like swimming upside down or "playing" dead.

​They are a schooling fish, and they can make sounds while feeding or when they are very excited. They have interesting behaviors to observe, such as the well-known loach dance. They can also rest in a heap, one on top of the other, something quite fun to see.

They do not have scales on their body, so they are extremely sensitive to products in the water. Likewise, they are susceptible to poor water quality.

Ideally, the substrate should be of fine sand and without edges, so as not to hurt the Clown Loach barbels.

Despite being active, these fish like to rest and do so in the strangest ways possible, even upside down.

Remember never to handle these animals with your bare hands. Although it is a very peaceful fish, they are formidable animals when they need to defend itself or when disturbed. Clown Loach have spikes under their eyes and will use them as a defense mechanism. Although the thorn has no venom, it inflicts a painful wound. Trust us, they hurt. It’s important to be mindful of these spikes when transferring them using an aquarium net, as it’s very common for them to get stuck to the netting. 

They are amazing fish, with unique behavior for the species. Clown Loaches will bring you a lot of animation, in addition to being an explosion of colors in the aquarium.

Clown Loach Care Information:

Scientific name: Chromobotia macracanthus

Common name: Clown Loach

Order: Cypriniformes — Family: Cobitidae

Distribution: Asia. Found in Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan), Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan) and Kalimantan Timur (East Kalimantan), provinces of Indonesia including the Kapuas and Kayan. In Sumatra it is found in eastern and southern Jambi, Sumatra Selatan and Lampung provinces including the Batang Hari, Musi and tulang Bawang.

Behavior: Relatively peaceful

Adult Size: 8-14”

Life Expectancy: 20+ years

pH: 5.0 to 8.0

Temperature: 75 to 86 F

Minimum size tank: 40 in X 16 in X 20 in (53 gallons)

Feeding: Omnivorous

Reproduction: Oviparous. There are a few reports of the reproduction of this species in captivity and the vast majority found in aquarium stores come from specialized fish farms and are obtained through the induction of hormones. Species requires several years to reach sexual maturity.

Sexual Dimorphism: Monomorphic species until they reach about 6 cm, from this size they can be sexed. Females tend to be larger and fatter than males, while the latter has a slightly inwardly curved caudal fin similar to a claw, while females are straight.

Additional Information: They have an interesting behavior in which younger specimens swim side by side with the older ones, imitating their every move. The smaller ones can simulate the larger ones simultaneously with up to three or four fish on each side. The reason for this behavior is unknown, but it may be related to a group staying in contact with each other when rivers fill during periods of flooding, perhaps reducing friction by swimming 'in formation' or having some other communicative function. Interestingly, some observations suggest that the behavior of the alpha fish seems to affect the whole group, although scientific studies on the behavior of Botideos are practically non-existent. Some specimens are naturally bolder or more aggressive than others and the alpha is usually the largest specimen in the group and not infrequently a female.

Shipping & General Information




Shipping Information

Livestock Shipping Rates
Continental US: Flat Rate $49.99
Texas: Flat Rate $19.99
Alaska: Flat Rate $99.99

Hawaii: We do not ship to Hawaii

Overnight Delivery
Please note that shipping rates are subject to change.  We are located in the United States and will only ship to the Continental US. We ship using primarily UPS Next Day Air Overnight, which ships directly to your doorstep. Some shipments may be shipped using USPS Priority Express Overnight. Packages are typically delivered between 10:00 am -12:00 pm, but can sometimes be later.
The regular shipping cost includes a box with an insulated box liner and a heat pack during winter months. This does not include a thick-wall styrofoam box. If your order is shipping in below 50°F temperatures or above 90°F, make sure to add Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping to your order prior to checkout, as our regular packaging will not withstand these temperatures. More info below. 
The day the shipping label is created, you'll receive an email with tracking information. 
Orders typically ship within 3-10 business days. We ship Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which means packages are delivered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please specify what day works best for you to receive on the Cart page prior to check out. If no date is selected prior to check out, your order will be shipped the next available day at our convenience. Please keep in mind that most fish require at least 2 days to clear out their digestive systems before shipping, which may delay shipping them out until the following week depending on when the order was placed.
Airport to Airport Delivery 
This option is only available for large fish or very large orders. 
Airport to airport is typically the fastest, safest, and most economical shipping option for large fish or large orders. The fish are sent to your nearest Southwest Cargo facility at your local airport where you'll be able to pick them up. We will not charge you for shipping if you choose this option. You will pay the airline directly upon pick up, unless Free Shipping applies to your order. 
After placing your order, text us at 936-239-1292 with your Order Number and your Airport Code (ex. LAX, ATL, DFW, JFK, MIA) and we will find the best flight for both you and the fish, as well as walk you through the process if you are unfamiliar with it. 
Local Pick Up
We are located in Livingston Texas (approximately 50 miles North of Houston), but we do not have a public location to visit. However, if you are in the Southeast Texas area and would like to pick up your fish in person, we do offer local meet-up's. Simply select "Local Pick Up" at checkout and include a valid phone number on your order and we will reach out to you to arrange a time to meet up.
Shipping Protection
We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Due to the nature of our business, losses do happen from time to time. We guarantee Live Arrival on every shipment with our Live Arrival Guarantee, however this only covers the cost of the lost livestock via a store credit and does not cover packages that are lost or stolen. Our Shipping Protection is just a few bucks on most orders and will cover you in case of lost/stolen packages, and will cover your shipping expenses if the order is a total loss. This means that if your order is a total loss, instead of receiving a store credit for the fish minus shipping costs, you will receive a full cash refund back to the original payment source including the shipping costs. 
Cold Weather Shipping
If you expect to receive nighttime low temperatures in your area of less than 50°F, please select this option prior to checkout. While our normal packaging includes heat packs, it is not designed to withstand temperatures below 50°F. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will use a thick-wall styrofoam shipping box to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If nighttime temperatures in your area are less than 50°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are below 30°F in your area, please consider waiting for warmer weather before you place your order.
Hot Weather Shipping
If you expect to daytime high temperatures in your area of greater than 90°F, please select this option prior to checkout. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will include cooling packs to your order to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If daytime temperatures in your area are greater than 90°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are above 110°F in your area, please consider waiting for cooler weather before you place your order.

General Information

Pre-orders often take 2-4 weeks to fulfill, but can occasionally take 4-8 weeks, so please be prepared to wait after placing your pre-order. 
If you order In-Stock Livestock with your Pre-Order Livestock, your In-Stock Livestock will be held until your Pre-Order Livestock is ready to ship. 
Pre-orders are subject to cancellation at any time. Due to the nature of pre-ordering livestock, we can not always guarantee that all of the fish that you order will arrive to us. Sometimes due to factors such as shipping delays, availability changes, or fish arriving to us DOA, we will have to either do a partial or full order cancellation. In the unusual case that we are unable to fulfill your order within 8 weeks of being placed, you can choose to receive a full refund with zero cancellation fees, or we will issue an automatic full refund with zero cancellation fees if we determine that we can not fulfill the order at all. 
7-Day and 30-Day Livestock Protection
We are very confident in the health of our livestock and believe that they will continue to thrive in your care, however things don't always work out the way they should. We are offering protection on your new livestock purchase up to $1,000 with our Livestock Protection Programs. If you lose your new fish in the first 7 or 30 days after arrival, simply submit a claim and we will refund the full purchase price of your fish, even if it's your fault! We won't ask any questions about your set up, experience level, water parameters, etc. All we ask for is photographic proof that the fish is no longer alive. Please keep in mind that in some cases we may ask for additional evidence to verify a claim, which may include a photo of the fish cut in half. You must keep the remains in your possession until the claim is resolved. Protection will not apply if lost due to something such as being consumed by tank-mates. Void if the fish has been visibly damaged. Protection fee and shipping are non-refundable. 
Order Cancellation
If you need to make changes to your order, please contact us and we will be happy to assist with any modifications. If an order needs to be canceled after being placed and prior to shipping, we can either issue a store credit for the full amount, or can issue a refund. If a refund is preferred, there will be a 10% fee that will deducted from the refund amount as a service fee and to cover our transactions fees both ways.
Product Photography
We do our best to keep our photos accurate and up to date, but be aware that livestock photos may not always be of the exact fish available unless listed as WYSIWYG. 
Special Requests
Can't find what you're looking for? Head over to our Special Requests page and leave a comment with what you're looking for and we will do our best to find it.
Limitation of Species
We are located in Texas, meaning that while we may be better than all of y'all in the rest of the country, we unfortunately can not keep or sell many of the species that we would like to. This includes fish such as Freshwater Stingrays, Piranha, Arapaima, Electric Eels, and Payara just to name a few. For a full list of restricted species in Texas, head to Texas Parks & Wildlife's list of Invasive, Prohibited and Exotic Species.

Live Arrival Guarantee / DOA Policy

We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Live arrival is always guaranteed by default on every order, given the conditions below are met. If there are any DOA's in your order, we offer a store credit towards your next purchase for the full value of the lost livestock, minus any shipping charges. Shipping charges are non-refundable. To be eligible for a cash refund for the full value of the lost livestock instead of store credit, Shipping Protection must be included in your order. 

Conditions of Live Arrival Guarantee
1. The package must be received on the first delivery attempt.
2. The package must be sent to the correct address and not a forwarding address. 
3. Temperatures in your area must be between 50-90 °F, unless Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping was added to your order. Find more info about Hot and Cold Weather Shipping in our Shipping and General Information section. 
4. You must fill out our DOA Claim Submission Form within 2 hours of delivery and provide clear photos of the lost item, both inside of the sealed unopened bag as well as laid on a dry surface. 
5. Our DOA Policy does not cover lost/stolen packages if your order does not include Shipping Protection.
We are not responsible for any losses that occur after the fish is removed from the bag or beyond 2 hours after the marked delivery time, so please make sure that you are available to receive your fish as soon as they arrive and that your tank is ready to accept new livestock. 
If your livestock was insured with our 7-Day or 30-Day Protection and you need to file a claim, please fill out the Insurance Claim Submission Form