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englandbloke 06-25-2007 10:47 AM

clown loach mateing
for the last few days my 2 bigest clown loach ( about 4 inchs ) have been makin werd noises in the tank. so last night i looked to see wat the hell it was found out it was them, and they seem to be mayb mateing. they get real close then start wiggleing, is this a sign of breeding or wat. dont know wat the breeding process is for them, if they are should i take them out of that tank and put them in a breeding tank or something.

any ideas?

Lupin 06-25-2007 05:39 PM

What size are these loaches? They do not get sexually matured until they reach 10 inches or more. Clowns rarely breed in captivity unless induced with hormones, however, there are a few records available that the clown loaches did breed without the help of hormones but this is very rare and will take a long time to accomplish.

Yours are most likely clashing for dominance.

Gump 06-25-2007 09:40 PM

CL's dont need to be 10" to breed. Around 7-8 years old is what ive been told from a breeder. I think 4" is much to small for CL breeding.

englandbloke 06-26-2007 10:44 AM

just wait and see wat happens i spose

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