Category Archives: Fish

Picture of the day, 21.1.2012. Our clown loaches

It’s been a bit quite here lately, but here’s one nice picture of our Clown loaches (Botia macracantha) – Nipsu in the foreground and Napsu in the background. Aren’t they cute 🙂

Our Clown loaches

Nipsu is almost twice the size of Napsu, but Napsu is better to find the bottom food I give them. Hence they sometimes have fairs competitions over the food. Of course Nipsu ultimately wins and that is why I try to give the bottom food tablets to different places of the tank so that both can eat in peace.

Pictures of the day, 30.7.2011

I haven’t had much to write about lately, all seems fine with out tank. So I add some pictures I took this morning for your enjoyment.

Rosy tetra

Rosy tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) is a pretty and calm fish that can live with almost all other fish. It likes to be in a swarm so you need to get six or more of these fellows. At least in Finland they are pretty expensive, but I have liked them very much so far. They like to take and play with the bottom food given to the Clown loaches, which is fun to watch at (although the loaches do not appreciate this :)).

Rosy Tetra

Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus)

Rosy Tetra
Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus)

Pristella Tetra and Harlequin fish

These are like your ordinary tetra fish, but I like them much more than neon tetras. They seems more lively and are really beautiful to look at when you have a swarm of ten or more of each. I think some underestimate these small fish, but they are easy to take care of and nice to watch at.

Pristella Tetra (Pristella maxillaris) and Harlequin fish (Trigonostigma heteromorpha)

Pristella Tetra and Harlequin fish

Our aquarium, 30.7.2011

Last but not least, yet another picture of our beautiful tank.

Our freshwater aquarium, 30.7.2011

Our freshwater aquarium, 30.7.2011

Is your clown loach missing?

It was since last water change, roughly three weeks ago, that we noticed that our two clown loaches (Chromobotia macracanthus) were missing. We couldn’t find them literally anywhere in our tank. This is quite a bizarre feeling when you have just a 180 liters (that’s 65 gallons) aquarium. We looked everywhere as thoroughly as we could outside the tank. Of course they could not escape the tank anywhere. We even thought they were lying dead somewhere so naturally we got very worried.

But as it turned out, they just really enjoyed our new stumps (or rhizomes?). By nature the clown loaches like hiding in small holes and inside stumps and I think I just should be really happy that we can provide an environment they enjoy. So a few days back I changed the water again, as I use to,  and there they were – both of our Clown loaches! Now after the water change the other one is happily swimming around but most of the time enjoying the hiding places around the stumps. I reorganized the stumps for them again so I am sure they like the new place even more. The other clown loach is still hiding most of the time, but I am sure both of them are out during the night eating. That is why I give them bottom feeding tablets which are of course gone in the morning.

So if you wonder where your Clown loach has gone and it seems you can’t find it anywhere – I am sure it’s ok! It’s just probably hiding in some hole you can’t see without moving stuff. As it turned out, our clown loaches were under a bark that had a hole in the middle of the bottom of the bark. It was impossible to spot them without taking the bark out from the tank (which I did in order to gravel vacuum the place). They just enjoy small holes and places to hide during the day, so it might be a good thing if they enjoy such a place that you created for them.

Our freshwater aquarium, 19.6.2011

Our Juwel RIO 180 tank is now 8 months old and has grown from what only had content from our old 100 liters aquarium such as one stump (or rhizome?) and just a few plants. Now the plants have grown so much and I need to cut them at every water change. I really try to take care of our Amazon sword plants (Echinodorus bleheri) which there are multiple of in our aquarium. As you can see from the picture, I have some Amazon sword plant sprouts growing which is an indication of healthy water. Plants are in general very important to me, so as you can see in the upper left corner of the picture, I also have a CO2 dispenser that makes the plants grow really well.

The aquarium in the pictures below has had water changes every three weeks and to me this is the perfect cycle. All the important metrics (NO2, NO3, pH) are still within good numbers and I can keep the bottom clean as well.

In case you have any questions related to the tank, what I do with it or what I have in it, just leave a comment and I will get back to you. You can also send me an email with your question. You’ll find the email in the About section above.

Picture of the day: Clown loach

Here’s some picture of our new Clown loach fish. They are really nice to watch since they like to play all the time, explore the tank and chase other fish or each other. They have names too; Nipsu and Napsu 🙂

Our clown loach fish

Our clown loach fish

Our clown loach fish

Our clown loach fish