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Clown loach growth

Posted By: Taratron
Date: Tuesday, 5 October 2004, at 10:16 p.m.

I know clown loaches are slow growers, or at least that seems to be the general consensus on the Internet. And diet and water change does play a part in their growing, I'd think, as it does most fish.

But how fast -should- they grow? An inch a month? A year? I know it is best to house any fish in its full-size tank home: IE, don't wait for the animal to grow large enough to deem it needing a larger tank.

What do you guys keep your clowns in? 55, 75, over 150 gallons? What's the smallest tank that a clown loach can reach its adult size? In the gallery, I've read of people keeping their clowns in 44 gallon tanks, in 30 gallon tanks. Surely that's not enough.....or are clowns such slow growers that with the best water change schedule and diet, keeping them in such tank sizes is all right?