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Weather Loaches and similar fish

Posted By: Maria Contreras <Maria@sportswear.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sunday, 15 February 1998, at 12:54 p.m.

I have kept weather loaches as well as other similar cold water loaches. As far as i know their are two species of weather loach. Misgurnus fossilis from mainland Europe and Misgurnus anguillicaudatus from far east Asia. Both average about 4 1/2 inches in length although i have seen Misgurnus anguillicaudatus at a massive 12 inches in length. Ornamental orange varieties have been bred from both species. I have found that these species thrive in a temperate climate ie 10 - 19 degrees C. The only problems that i have experienced with these loaches

is that they can disrupt the plants in the aquarium. However they can be extremely beautiful fish with bags of personality (especially the more nimble males).

Other loaches that are sometimes confused with weather loach are members of the co