Pakistani Loach

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Also known as Pakistani Loach or Yo-Yo Loach (because its patterning can look like YOYO spelt out along its upper back). Useful for snail control in planted tanks. Hardy Loach species, originally from Pakistan, this fish also earned the name Pakistani Loach.

Features of Pakistani Loach:

  • Silver body and black patterns
  • Have little barbels on their snouts
  • They are very peaceful and spend most of their time hiding away

The Best Aquarium Size for Pakistani Loach:

You could start with a 30L aquarium for a small group of loaches. This species is very active, so more space in the tank is always best. Plus, a larger tank will allow you to keep more loaches and their tank mates. Usually, the bigger, the better. That will provide ample room to swim and grow.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

It is highly recommended that these fish are kept in social groups. Also, there are lots of fish that can be mixed with black kuhli loaches. Avoid keeping the loach with highly aggressive fish, goldfish, snails, shrimp. Shrimp and snails will just be a tasty snack for a clown loach.

Great tank mates for Loach include:

Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.

Feeding :

Pakistani Loaches will accept most foods in their diet. Any food that you give them must be easy to access at the bottom of the tank. Pellet and flake foods should be quick sinking so that your other fish will not snatch them up before they hit the bottom. Frozne or live micro bloodworms, brine shrimp, Daphnia, and tubifex are good snacks for them. They will also eat any algae that grows along the bottom of your tank. Vegetables (such as spinach and lettuce) make a healthy addition to their diet. Just make sure that they are crushed small enough to fit into their mouth.

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Pakistani Loach Tank Guide:

Filtration System :

Don’t forget to create a moderate current as well. You can use the outlet from your filtration system or a dedicated water pump. The current doesn’t have to be super strong, but some steady and constant movement is essential.

Substrate :

For your substrate, you can use fine sand littered with smooth pebbles. These are bottom-feeder fish, so avoid any hard gravel that could injure their belly as they scavenge for food.
A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Plants for Loaches:

Loaches love a well-decorated tank filled with plants and natural hiding spots.
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Decorations for Loaches:

Decorate the tank with smooth rocks or ornaments without sharp edges or protruding points. Artificial plants can work well. Additionally, you can also choose to use Aquarium Ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and maybe even driftwood will create a fun playground for them to swim around.