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Gold Dojo Loach
(Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 8"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Water Conditions: 68-76° F, KH 3-5, pH 6.0-6.5
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Southeast Asia
Family: Cobitidae
Species: Loaches
Aquarium Type: Community
Species Information
Gold Dojo Loaches originate from Southeast Asia, where they can be found in a variety of waterways ranging from tropical rivers to lakes and ponds. As with all loaches, the Gold Dojo Loach is a bottom dwelling species that spends much of its time foraging along the bottom for food. Since the lower regions of most lakes, ponds and rivers have low lighting conditions, the Gold Dojo Loach utilizes barbells located around its mouth to find food along the bottom and among plant roots, rocky crevices and caves.
While they are a carnivorous species, they are generally considered scavengers and will not prey on other aquarium inhabitants with very small shrimps being the only exception.
Aquarium Care
Gold Dojo Loaches use their narrow long body and barbells to get into tight places in the substrate, underneath the edges of rocks and among plant roots to locate and eat all types of meaty foods that make it to the bottom of the aquarium. They are sought after within the aquarium hobby for their unique appearance and beneficial scavenging, that helps keep the aquarium free of decaying foodstuffs.
Gold Dojo Loaches are a very peaceful species that can be safely kept in community aquariums and planted aquariums. They prefer slightly cooler water temperatures ranging from around 68° F to 78° F, which is most likely due to the fact that in the wild they live far from the water surface where temperatures are cooler.
Feeding & Nutrition
Gold Dojo Loaches are a carnivorous species that prefers meaty foods like freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex worms; as well as, frozen and live meaty foods of all types. Sinking shrimp pellets or other meaty pellets can also be fed as they will sink to the bottom of the aquarium where the Gold Dojo Loach looks for food.
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