Common Name:  Weather Loach, Dojo Loach

Species Name:  Misgurnus fossilis,  M. anguillicaudatus,
Cobitis taenia

Approx. Size:  5" - 12"

Compatibility:  Community

Temperature:  4 - 25°C (40ºF - 77ºF)

Water Chemistry:  6.0 - 8 pH

Diet:  Omnivores
Weather Loaches are reasonably common in the hobby and make for an interesting pet.  These eel-like
Loaches can grow up to a foot long, but are more commonly around 6" in length.  They are very gentle,
not even bothering snails, and appear to enjoy human interaction.  They will often curiously approach
your hand while it is in the water, seeming to enjoy weaving around fingers.    Their appearance can vary
from light to dark, speckled olive to solid gold, and there are at least  three similar species all sold under
the same common names.  These fish are very common in their native waters and often eaten.

There common name "Weather Loach" comes from a curious reaction to drastic weather changes, such
as thunder storms.  They will swim wildly around the aquarium and often jump, so a secure hood is
necessary.  It is said that early sailors used these fish to warn them of bad weather.

These Loaches are not in the least shy and are out exploring the tank during feeding time.
Caves should
be provided and low
plants, driftwood or other cover is also appreciated.  They sometimes lay in clumps
of soft plants near the surface of the water.  The Weather Loach is a peaceful addition to the community
tank.  They can live for over 10 years if well cared for.

Breeding has been reported in captivity.  The female will appear laden with eggs.  She and her chosen
male will often intertwine while swimming for a beautiful display, before the spawning takes place.  The
female will scatter the eggs while the male fertilizes them.

These efficient scavengers are easy to care for, requiring only very clean conditions, good
filtration and a
proper diet. They benefit from both protein and vegetation in their diet.  High quality
flake, pellets or
wafers, freeze-dried, fresh and frozen foods are all eagerly devoured and contribute to a healthy diet.  
You will find many
books available, which will provide you with more detailed information and guidelines
should you require them.
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