Weather Loach
Alternative Name(s): Dojo loach
Scientific Name(s): Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Category: Coldwater
Maximum Size: 25cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 300 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 4ft by 2ft by 2ft
Water Temperature Range: 16-24°C
Water pH Range: 6.3-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 5-10 dGH

General Information: Weather Loaches are very active when they want to be. These loaches thrive in groups or by themselves. Weather Loaches don't like full tropical temperatures for more than a few weeks; it's best for them to be kept in coldwater or sub tropical temperatures. The name comes from their sudden bursts of activity when the weather is going to change dramatically.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: These loaches love skinned (cooked) peas. Peas will send them wild. They eat flakes and sinking pellets. They will also gobble up brine shrimp and some Dojos eat snails.
Compatibility: These fine fish will go with most coldwater fish from Zebra Danios to Goldfish.
Recommendations: They go perfectly with Zebra Danios, White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Peppered Corys and Lake Tebera Rainbowfish at. In coldwater they combine well with Fancy or Common Goldfish or White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
Common Problems: These fish are susceptible to whitespot and fungal problems, but if the water quality is good there should not be a problem. Do not use salt in tanks containing Weather Loaches as like most scaleless fish they can not tolerate it.
Similar Species: Misgurnus mizolepis. Misgurnus fossilis which is banned in the UK.
Sexing: Males have larger more triangular pectoral fins than the smaller rounded pectorals of females.
Breeding: Breeding is rare, but raising the temperature and the water flow at the same time can trigger spawning.
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