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Dojo Loach
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Dojo Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)
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· We cannot ship this product to Michigan or New York.

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 50-82° F, KH 3-5, pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size 6"
Origin Farm Raised, Singapore
Family Cobitidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Dojo Loach originates within the Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds of Asia and is farm raised for the aquarium industry. Loaches are bottom dwelling scavengers with reduced or absent scales and a mouth surrounded by barbels in which they use to find food. They have an elongated, smooth body that is gold to pink in coloration. They are peaceful and very efficient scavengers that will make a welcome addition to any community aquarium.

The Dojo Loach requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places and water temperatures that range between 68 and 76 degrees. They do well in a planted aquarium, but larger specimens may uproot plants in their search for food. Gold Dojo Loaches are peaceful, and will not typically bother other fish in the aquarium. They make excellent tank mates for fancy goldfish. Use caution when housing them with small invertebrates such as Ghost or Japonica Amano Shrimp.

The Dojo Loach is largely carnivorous, preferring freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, as well as frozen and live meaty foods of all types.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Logan G Montevallo , AL
I have kept freshwater community tanks my entire life. The Gold Dojo Loach is quite simply the most effective scavenger I have ever kept. No food remains on the substrate with this wonderful creature patroling the bottom. It is true that he uproots my plants, and snacked on the ghost shrimp that originally inhabitated my current tank. However, the benefits that he provides far outweigh that minor disadvantage.
Geraldine C West Winfield , NY
One of the most fasincating fish I ever had. The Dojo swims like a torpedo. He will also make eye contact with you and just when you think the two of you have become soul mates he will suddenly plunge into the gravel. You may at times think other fish ate your Dojo because for days he will hide in the gravel and as you go to move the gravel you will jump back because of his torpedo thrust from the gravel. When I had one years ago he shared an aquarium with red platy's and a pangio kuhlii. He also shared a bowl with goldfish. The Dojo is a very hardy fish and much fun to watch. There were a couple occasions he jumped from the bowl during water changes and I had to rescue him from the sinks elbow pipe. The Dojo is a hobbyist's delight. Order a couple and you will have a lot of fun too.
Sumner S Flagstaff , AZ
Golden Dojos are my favorite freshwater fish of all time. Unlike other loaches, they are not shy at ALL. They are very social and extremely interesting to watch, they are the "hit" of my aquarium. I had 3 in a 20 gallon tank, though we've upgraded into a 46 gallon; they grow quickly. They feed well on flakes and frozen bloodworms and are very easy to keep. My gold dojos and my clown loaches both LOVE the new powerhead I put in the aquarium - they definitely appreciate current!
Matt K Clifton , NJ
I have one of these little buggers. They clean the bottom of the tank very nicely.
Ema N Austin , TX
I purchased some for my tank, they are great little fish. They are so funny and fun to watch! Great shipping , service, and animals!
C Buckles SugarLand , TX
I have 3 dojos in my 46 gallon tank. These guys are the toddlers of my tank. They are such a joy to observe but they are rarely still, they are into everything, and smash all my plants flat because they plop down on top of them. Once I redid my tank and found inventive ways of keeping them from destroying my plants, they have become my favorite tank inhabitants.
Kelly S Dow , IL
This fish has changed my life. I refer to mine as a "sea kitten" as he never wants to stop playing. He is extremely social and craves physical contact, taking every opportunity to get into my hands. Mine chooses not to hide under sand, I assume for fear of missing a snuggle. BEWARE: in addition to getting ginormous, I have witnessed mine army crawl out of the fishtank through a very small opening. He has also nearly pushed the entire lid off of my tank, probably in search of snuggles.
Whisper R Glendale , AZ
I ADORE my dojos. They have the most personality of any fish I've ever come across. They're easily handled (but not often) and are just absolute hams. HOWEVER, the max size listed is not accurate. My 2 boys are 10 inches and need much more than a 55 gallon tank. (They're in a 110 and still need more, I'm digging a pond) Just PLEASE give them more than what is listed here and you'll fall in love like I did. Keep your water at a low temp like 70-72 to keep their life as long as possible.
David G Phoenix , AZ
One of my favorite fish of all time. Fun to watch as they chase and swim about with other dojos. Very peaceful, Great with other fish and have a very attractive bright gold color. Don't let them fool you, Sometimes they will lay in the most awkward positions. On their side or upside down and stay very still in a trance like state.You will swear you have a dead fish, then suddenly bolt into action swimming as usual.
Jan Cavalieri Topeka , KS
My live would be a different world without my DojosQ Comical, affectionate - they some other loachess take turns with the "bubble slide" and are quite gentle with each other and me. Thy are also friends to my dwarf gourami do "fun" wrestling.
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