Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

 

Overview:

    The Golden Dojo Loach is one of the fabulous creatures that not only keeps one’s tank clean, but will also entertain the aquarist.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: Grows up to 12 inche(30.5 cm) , but usually top out at 8-10 inches
Tank: 10 gal (37 litre) minimum per fish
Strata: Benthic (bottom-dwelling)
PH: Soft, acidic water, PH 6.0-7.5
Hardness: 5° – 20° dH
Temperature: 60°F to 77°F (15.5°-25° C)

Classification:

Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cobitidae
Sub-Family: Cobitinae
Genus: Misgurnis
Species: anguillicaudatus

Common name:

 

Dojo 

    , Weather loach, Golden Dojo Loach

 

Distribution

    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.

Coloration:

    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.

Maintenance:

    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.

Biotope:

    Occurs in rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps and rice fields. Prefers still or gently flowing water.

Breeding:In the home aquarium it is highly unlikelyas they need a cool period to trigger spawning

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