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Clown loach survey 2015

The survey from the year 2009 had been improved and was held again in 2015. Participation was possible between April and July.

All together the survey was clicked 83 times in the english version (with no answer at all) and 248 times in the German version. The German version had 27 filled questionnaires at due date including one person that sent the questionnaire empty) - of course this result is not transferable to all owners of clown loaches. Probably there might still be a difference in fishkeeping in other countries. Thanks to everybody who took the time to fill in our questionnaire!

Here, you can read about the (translated) results of the German version of the survey. 

How many clown loaches do you have?

56 % of survey participants have one to three clown loaches in their tank. Only 15 % each have four to six or seven to ten loaches. This is very sad, because clown loaches should always be kept in larger groups of fish. 

In comparison to results from 2009 there is only a very slight change - there are a few less people with one to three or four to six loaches, but a little more people have seven to ten or even more. This is definitely the right direction! 

How big is your clown loaches tank?

The answering options for the question about the tank size have been ticked relatively even (apart from one exception): 22 % each have their clown loaches in an aquarium up to 120 liters, 120 to 250 liters or 301 to 500 liters. 11 % said their tank had the size of 251 to 300 liters. Remarkably even 19 % have 501 liters and more - this almost can count as an optimum for the space loving clown loaches. The rule always is: the larger the aquarium, the better for the fish.

While only 26 % of participants reported tanks above the size of 300 liters in 2009, there is a positive tendency in 2015: now there are already 41 % who offer a home for their loaches of 300 liters and more.

How do you feed your clown loaches?

It was possible to tick more than one answer to this question.

93 % of participants gave dry food, such as flakes or tablets. Further 63 % add feeding with live food (e.g. blood worms, snails, small crabs); greenstuff (e.g. salad leaves, zucchini slices) was the food for 48 %  fishes of questionnaire responses. 

There is almost no difference in comparison to answers to this question from 2009.

Legend:

1: dry food (e.g. flakes, tablets)
2: live food (e.g. blood worms, snails, small crabs)
3: greenstuff (e.g. salad leaves, zucchini slices)
4: other
5: no answer

What kind of fish species live together with your clown loaches?

Here, it was also possible to tick more than one answer.

All kinds of catfish (apart from cory) are with 70 % the clown loaches aquarium other fish species hit. 44 % of participants have Tetra (e.g. neons, tetra of rio) in their clown loaches tank, 41 % each have clown loaches together with other loaches or flying fox (e.g. red-tailed (black) shark, orange-finned-loach) or  Live bearing (e.g. platy, guppy, molly). Further inhabitants in the clown loaches tank are Barbels and barred danio (e.g. sumatra barbe, white cloud mountain minnow) with 22 % of all answers, Rainbow fish (e.g. medaka, sand smelt) with 7 % or  Killifish (e.g. Gardner's killi) with 7%. Even 30 % have their loaches together with other fish species (not named here).

Here, there is no remarkable change in the tendency in comparison to 2009.

Legend:

1: Tetra (e.g. neons, tetra of rio)
2: Barbels and barred danio (e.g. sumatra barbe, white cloud mountain minnow)
3: Loaches, flying fox (e.g. red-tailed (black) shark, orange-finned-loach)
4: Rainbow fish (e.g. medaka, sand smelt)
5: Live bearing (e.g. platy, guppy, molly)
6: Cichlids (e.g. cichlids, moorii)
7: Cory
8: other catfish (e.g. pictus catfish)
9: Killifish (e.g. Gardner's killi)
10: Anabantoidei (e.g. blue gourami)
11: other
12: no answer

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