Dojo Loaches have a few unique features which make them really popular among the hobbyist. The features include being social with humans and swimming in a vertical position. Though they are easy to maintain, we need the beginner’s guide to understand their ideal condition.

Dojo Loach Fish – Overview

Common NameThe Dojo Loach is popularly called as Weather Loach or Pond Loach.
Scientific NameTheir scientific name is Misgurnus anguillicaudatus.
Habitat or OriginThey are native to Singapore. They are freshwater fishes which can be seen in slow moving water, ponds, rivers and lakes in Asia.
Average SizeIn a normal size tank, they can grow up to 6 inches. However they can grow up to 12 inches in the wild and in the tanks which are pretty much larger where they have a lot of space to grow.
ColorationThese fishes have a variety of colors like golden yellow, olive green, grey and light brown. A few fishes have spots which are brown in color. These spots help in camouflage.
Life SpanDojo Loaches can live for 7 – 10 years in right conditions. Healthy long lifespan is possible in larger tanks with good water quality.
DietThey can feed on small dries pellets which sink at the bottom of the tank. They also eat algae matters. The fishes can also be given tubifex worm or insect larvae.
Gender IdentificationGender can be identified by observing the pectoral ray. The males have longer second pectoral ray. Their shape is more like a triangle. The second pectoral rays in females are shorter than the males.
BehaviorThey are very friendly with humans. Once they get used to the person, they will allow touching and feeding them by hand. They also explore the tank very well. In the action of exploring they sometimes jump out of the tank. One good thing is that they do not die as soon as they come out of the water rather use atmospheric oxygen to breathe. However this should be avoided.
CompatibilityThey can be comfortable with 3 or more fishes of the same species. They can also be with other peaceful fishes like Bitterlings, Bichir, Kulhi Loach, Rosy Barbs, Goldfish and Leopard Danios. Since these are bottom dwellers, middle dwellers and upper dwellers make a good team of community tank.
Ideal Tank ConditionsThe minimum tank size should be 55 gallon. With more space, they can grow larger. The substrate should be soft as they dig themselves inside and also eat from the bottom. They can hide anywhere behind the plants or driftwood or any other plastic décor. Filtration and oxygenation are important. Filtration system can be used or air stones can be used. The tank should also be covered with a lid.
Water ParametersThe water temperature can range from 50 to 82 degree F. pH level could be from 6.5 to 8.0.
BreedingBreeding is not so easy for these fishes as they require a long period of cold temperature. Sometimes accidental breeding occur in tanks. The female lays about 50 eggs at a time which should be separated immediately in the breeding tank. They hatch in 2 or 3 days. The hatches can be fed with infusoria. After several weeks they can be given brine shrimp.
Common DiseasesDojo Loaches get affected with fungal or bacterial infections. They also suffer from ich which causes white spots on them. They also get affected by skinny disease or otherwise called parasitic infection. This skinny disease makes the fish to lose weight. Keeping good quality of water can reduce diseases.
Approximate CostThey are available in groups of 3 or more which costs around $ 7 to $9 and groups of 12 or more at $10 to $12
What to look when buyingJust look if the skin of the fishes does not have any white spots on them. Also, the size of the fishes should be 2 to 4 inches.
Species in the MarketDojo Loaches and Golden Dojo Loaches are popularly available in the market.

Gallery of Dojo Loach fish