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Dwarf Chain Loach

Are you seeking an animated and engaging aquatic companion for your freshwater aquarium? Look no further than the Dwarf Chain Loach (Ambastaia sidthimunki). These remarkable little fish bring life and personality to your aquatic haven, making them an excellent choice for both beginner and seasoned aquarists. Let's dive into the world of the Dwarf Chain Loach and discover why they're an ideal addition to your aquatic family.

Appearance: Dwarf Chain Loaches are small, slender fish adorned with distinctive, intricate chain-like patterns along their sleek bodies. With a maximum length of about 2 inches (5 cm), their diminutive size is perfectly suited for smaller aquariums, but they also thrive in larger setups. Their vibrant colors and unique markings make them a captivating focal point in any tank.

Behavior: One of the standout features of Dwarf Chain Loaches is their lively and social behavior. These loaches are known for their playful antics and love for exploration. They enjoy swimming throughout the tank, often darting between plants and decor in search of food and adventure. Their communal nature makes them excellent tankmates for various peaceful fish species.

Tank Requirements: To provide the best care for Dwarf Chain Loaches, set up a well-maintained aquarium with plenty of hiding spots created by plants, driftwood, and rocks. They thrive in a densely planted tank with soft, slightly acidic water conditions, replicating their natural habitat in Southeast Asia. Ensure a well-filtered environment and moderate water flow to keep them healthy and happy.

Feeding Habits: Dwarf Chain Loaches are omnivorous and have a varied diet. Offer them high-quality sinking pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. These loaches are enthusiastic scavengers and will eagerly search for food in the substrate and among tank decorations.

Compatibility: Known for their peaceful temperament, Dwarf Chain Loaches are compatible with a wide range of community fish. They particularly enjoy the company of their own kind, so consider keeping them in small groups to observe their social interactions. Ensure tankmates share their peaceful disposition to prevent any stress or aggression.

Breeding: Breeding Dwarf Chain Loaches can be a rewarding endeavor for dedicated aquarists. However, it can be challenging due to their specific requirements and behaviors. Successful breeding often involves replicating the monsoon season, which triggers their natural spawning instincts. A separate breeding tank may be necessary for this purpose.

In conclusion, the Dwarf Chain Loach is a lively and charming addition to your freshwater aquarium. With their captivating appearance, active behavior, and compatibility with other peaceful fish, they add vibrancy and character to your aquatic world. Bring the captivating world of Dwarf Chain Loaches into your home today and witness the charm they bring to your underwater kingdom.

Please Note: Our Live Arrival Guarantee ensures the safe arrival of your fish when you choose our Overnight (1 Day) shipping option. Alternative shipping methods may void this guarantee.

Our Tank Parameters:

  • Ph: 6.5 to 7.1
  • Gh: 8 to 12
  • Kh:  2 to 4
  • Temp: 72 to 80

    Tank Recommendations:

    • Rock: Smooth rock (round in shape)
    • Leaves: Indian Almond or Guava
    • Cones: Alder, Giant Alder, Birch or Casuarina 
    • Plants: Java Ferns, Anubias, Sagittaria, Cryptocorene

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Nathalia Bravo
    First time online shopping

    I received my little loaches overnight nicely packaged. They all made it! Now im enjoying how active they are. I was surprised when I noticed I paid for 8 and I got sent 9! Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for Dwarf Chain Loaches everywhere. I’m glad I found you guys! Now I’m looking for my next fish :) hehe