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Friday, October 29, 2010

Fish of the Week: Dojo Loach

The dojo loach is an interesting character that had mood changes depending on the weather outside. These fish are know to "break wind" when the barometric pressure drops.

A.K.A: Weather Loach

Origin: Asia

Member of: The Loach family

Temperment: This fish is a great community fish that enjoys to dwell at the bottom searching for food at the bottom of the aquarium.

Size: In captivity, the dojo loach usually stays below 6 inches. However they can grow as long as 10 inches.

Aquarium Size: A minimum of ten gallons is recommended

Food: Tropical fish flakes, bloodworms, sinking pellets

Life Span: about 7-10 years (granted the dojo loach doesn't jump out of your aquarium)

Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 7.0-8.0
-temperature: 50-77 degrees

Breeding: Breeding is usually done in cooler water temperatures and isn't really common practice in an aquarium. The male wraps himself around the female and they both deposit egg and sperm in the ground.

Sexing: The males usually have a more pointed dorsal fin. The females tend to have a more rounded dorsal fin. It can be difficult to determine the sex of the dojo.

Tank Mates: The dojo loach is a community fish and gets along with many fish. Make sure the other fish require the same aquarium conditions as the dojo.

Where to purchase:

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

 Misgurnus anguillicaudatus "Weather Loach"

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