Weather Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)

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Weather Loach

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Weather Loach

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.3-25.4cm (8-10 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 8.0

10 -25 °C (50-77°F)

8-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

6-8 years

Family

Cobitidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

Weather Loach, Dojo Loach, Golden Dojo Loach, Golden Weather Loach, Weather Fish, Oriental Weatherfish, Pond Loach

Additional scientific names

Cobitis anguillicaudata, Misgurnis crossochilus, Misgurnus lividus, Misgurnus fossilis anguillicaudatus, Ussuria lepocephala


Origin

The Weather Loach is a widely distributed fish, considered invasive in non-native countries. It is native to Siberia (Tugur and Amur drainages), Sakhalin, Korea, Japan, China south to northern Vietnam.

Sexing

Pectoral fins are larger and more triangular in appearance on the males. Female have slightly thicker bodies.

Tank compatibility

An active tank inhabitant that should be kept in a minimum group of 3 individuals, more if possible. Can be kept with other sub-tropical or coldwater fish, but should not be kept with Goldfish as they are high waste producers and this is detrimental to the Dojo Loach. It has also been seen for the very active Loach to swim into larger slow-moving fish like fancy Goldfish, this can cause the slower fish internal damage.

Diet

Will take fry foods like flakes, also they appreciate skinned cooked peas. Will also take live/frozen food such as bloodworm and daphnia, as well as eating small snails.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

They are found in coldwater to sub tropical temperatures in the wild. Will not thrive at tropical temperatures. Keep in a well oxygenated tank with a good current. They like to dig so a soft substrate and secure décor is appreciated, may uproot plants.

Behaviour

Very active, and often goes crazy when the weather is changing (air pressure fails) hence the name "weather loach". This loach can jump out of your aquarium on very rare occasion, and can also interact with humans.

Identification

An exceptionally elongated snake-like body with many bristles on the nose. Come in a variety of colour morphs from a brassy, almost metallic colour to a dull brown. 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, plus very occasionally true albinos are seen.

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