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Dwarf Chain Loach - Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki

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The Dwarf Chain Loach (Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki) has a checkerboard-like tan and black pattern on its body, extending all the way to the underside. It is also sometimes referred to as the Chipmunk Loach or Dwarf Loach.

Loaches are generally shy fish at first, but will usually become bolder once they are familiar with their surroundings. They are best kept in small groups of about three to six fish. They will usually spend less time hiding when they are kept with others of their own kind. Provide hiding places such as driftwood, plants, and rock crevices. Many are active more at night but may come out during the day if given plenty of room and cover.

Loaches prefer live foods such as worms and snails (including the nuisance snails common in many planted aquariums), but they will also accept frozen and pelleted foods without much trouble. Try a thin slice of cucumber and other veggies, too. Feeding time is entertaining as these loaches will engage in some harmless bickering over favorite foods.

Like many other loaches, these fish are scaleless, and so are more sensitive to medications and other chemicals in the water. They are also sensitive to cooler water temperatures. Maintaining the water within the specified temperature range will help to avoid stress and other complications.


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Common NameDwarf Chain Loach
Scientific NameYasuhikotakia sidthimunki
Max Size (in inches)2.5
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.0-7.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Temperature Range75-82
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State Restrictions
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Awesome little loaches


Got a few of these awhile back, they are full of energy. I had a huge population of ramshorn snails after getting plants with eggs, these guys took care of the issue in a short period of time. They are always up to something, sometimes they annoy slower moving fish as i noticed with my gourami and angels. Great fish overall, they need to be fed constantly though or they waste away.

Busy bodies.


I really love these guys. They really do keep the snail's population in check. They are so much fun to watch. Always busy. Easy to keep.