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The Golden Dojo Loach is one of the fabulous creatures that not only
keeps one's tank clean, but will also entertain the aquarist.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Grows up to 12 inche(30.5 cm) , but usually top
out at 8-10 inches
||10 gal (37 litre) minimum per fish
||Soft, acidic water, PH 6.0-7.5
||5° - 20° dH
||60°F to 77°F (15.5°-25° C)
Dojo , Weather loach, Golden Dojo Loach
Asia: Myanmar and Northeastern Asia and southward to Central China
General Body Form:
Like many other loaches, they are slender and eel-like. The mouth of
the loach is surrounded by three sets of barbels.
They can vary in color from yellow to olive green, to a common light
brown or gray with lighter undersides. Some fish are boldly marked,
while others have almost no markings beyond light speckling. A Golden
variety is available, which is hypo-melanistic, with dark eyes, occasionally
true albinos are seen.
When caring for this loach, be sure to provide a fine sized substrate
for them to bury into, as one of their favorite activities is to bury
and expose only their head. In addition, be sure to provide the fish
with only non-aggressive community fish mates, such as gouramis , charachins,
and other loaches. Do not be alarmed if you find this fish to be active
one day, and then find him the next morning back up or head facing up.
This is their normal sleeping habit. The loaches will be more active
given more space and greater numbers. Solitary weather loaches tend
to spend much of their time hiding. They will spend a lot of time hiding
or staying still, but should be given a place to stay which will have
cover and shade. Tank decorations that they can swim through and driftwood
both work great for this. Due to their ability to survive out of the
water, the fish will often jump out of an aquarium. A cover is required
to keep them in their tank. Weather loaches are omnivorous and may also
feed on tubifex worms and other small aquatic organisms. Hardness and
pH matter very little as long as you keep their water clean.
Occurs in rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps and rice fields. Prefers still
or gently flowing water.
In the home aquarium it is highly unlikelyas they need a cool period
to trigger spawning