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Why loaches make for a great addition to your freshwater aquarium.
Whether you’re new to the hobby of fish keeping, or an old pro, it’s often beneficial to include a few bottom feeders in your tank.
Uneaten food that falls to the bottom of the tank can cause the water to become polluted if left too long, which is where a bottom feeding fish come in handy. These bottom feeders clean up that food and help keep your tank clean.
Many beginning hobbyists opt for a variety of catfish, such as a plecostomus or corydoras as their go-to bottom feeder, but once you grow to being an advanced beginner or intermediate enthusiast, you might want to consider one of the many species of loaches.
While there is a wide variety of loach fish to choose from for your aquarium, we’re going to focus on two of the more popular species that can be wonderful compliments to your tank, and should be readily available in your local pet store — the clown loach, the black kuhli loach, the yoyo loach, the dojo loach, and the hillsteam loach. Click through each loach variety to read more.