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Dwarf chain loaches are shoaling species, best kept in a small group. Good scavenger for planted tanks containing small species. This species is indigenous to Thailand and the surrounding areas. Considered semi-aggressive, these fish can be a handful to care for.

Features of Dwarf Chain Loach:

  • Rounded head, underturned mouth, and thick cylindrical body
  • Black, chain-like pattern running down the sides of their bodies
  • Have little barbels on their snouts
  • Dwarf Chain Loach is one of the smaller loaches

The Best Aquarium Size for Dwarf Chain Loach:

You don’t need a massive tank size for the dwarf chain loach. You could start with a 30L aquarium for a small group of dwarf chain loach. This species is very active, so more space in the tank is always best.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

It is highly recommended that these fish are kept in social groups. Avoid keeping the loach with highly aggressive fish, goldfish, snails, shrimp. Shrimp and snails will just be a tasty snack for a clown loach.

Great tank mates for Loach include:

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Feeding :

Omnivores by nature, dwarf chain loaches will accept most foods in their diet. A basic diet of dry pellets or flakes works just fine as their base. You can throw in protein-rich snacks occasionally. Bloodworms, brine shrimp, Daphnia, and tubifex are all good choices. The fish will also eat some fresh fruits and vegetables. Be wary of overfeeding.

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Dwarf Chain Loach Tank Guide:

Filtration System :

Don’t forget to create a moderate current as well. You can use the outlet from your filtration system or a dedicated water pump. The current doesn’t have to be super strong, but some steady and constant movement is essential.


Fine sand littered with smooth pebbles. These are bottom-feeder fish, so avoid any hard gravel that could injure their belly as they scavenge for food.
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Plants for Loaches:

Loaches love a well-decorated tank filled with plants and natural hiding spots.
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Decorations for Loaches:

Decorate the tank with smooth rocks or ornaments without sharp edges or protruding points. Artificial plants can work well. Additionally, you can also choose to use Aquarium Ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and maybe even driftwood will create a fun playground for them to swim around.

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