12 Different Aquarium Loaches - Rare & Common

The freshwater loach is amongst the most diverse species of fish in the aquarium hobby, comprising of 1249 species separated amongst nine distinct families.

Loaches can be found in a wide variety of environments throughout Europe, northern Africa, and central and Southeast Asia.

Below is a selection of the most popular loaches maintained in the aquarium hobby.

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Clown loach
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Dwarf Chain Loach
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Golden Zebra Loach
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Green Tiger Loach
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Hillstream Loach
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Kuhli Loach
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Polka Dot Loach
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Polka Dot Loach
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Polka Dot Loach
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Saddleback Loach
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Skunk Loach
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Sucking Loach
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Yoyo Loach
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Zebra Loach

Frquently Asked Questions About Loaches

Are loaches aggressive fish?

Loaches are classed as semi-aggressive fish although this applies more to the botia family of loach. To minimize aggression to other aquarium inhabitants, it is best to maintain them in groups rather than as individuals.

Do loaches eat snails?

The botia family of loaches naturally prey on snails as they have adapted mouths evolved to get into the shell and scope out the innards. Botia loaches are often employed to exterminate a pest snail infestation, so it is advisable to avoid the botia family of loach if you wish to maintain your snail population.

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