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Yoyo Loaches care guide for new aquarists.

by Catherine Tran 28 Aug 2023 0 Comments

Hey mate, welcome back to the Micro Aquatic blog post. This article will give you instructions on how to raise Yoyo Loaches, tank setup information, food sources, care and aquatic shops in Melbourne that sell Yoyo loaches.

You'll know why 80 out of 100 aquarists want yoyo loaches in their aquariums, and once you know the secret, you'll want to buy a yoyo loach right away.

Keep reading!

Yoyo loach facts.

Yoyo Loach is a popular freshwater fish and you can easily see many people owning it in their aquariums. No matter how many species of fish you already have in your tank, Yoyo Loaches will easily become the standout star in your tank.

While other loach breeds are known for their shy personalities, yoyo loach is energetic and lively with distinct personalities, making them a great addition to your large community tanks. ..



On average, the lifespan of a Yoyo Loach is about 5 to 8 years when living in an aquarium. This is an estimate if you give them the ideal habitat.

Expert reveals: many aquarists have seen their fish live longer than that. That's why they always want one or more loach yoyos. At their peak, these fish can grow for about 20 years!

In those cases, the fish usually live in large, carefully monitored habitats. If you want to extend their life as much as possible and keep them in good health then proper tank care and maintenance is a must.


Yoyo Loach has many variations in appearance. You will find that all loaches have similar characteristics. They all have long and slender bodies, flat bodies that help them lie on the sand.

The recognizable feature of this fish is that its mouth has antennae protruding from the mouth and used to sense food in the ground. The basic colour of the fish is silver. You may see some fish with a bluish tint, even with a base colour of yellow or yellowish.

There are some slight differences between male and female Yoyo Loaches. Females tend to be fatter than males. This is especially true when she is pregnant. Meanwhile, males often have prominent red antennae on the mouth.

Yoyo sizing.

The typical Yoyo Loach size is only about 5 cm long at maturity. Diet, tank size and genetics are all major factors that influence the eating behaviour of these fish.

Yoyo loach price.


Yoyo care.

Taking care of Yoyo Loach is also relatively easy. Whether you are an expert aquarist or a beginner you won't have any major problems with this species.

These are hardy fish that can live well in a variety of water conditions!

Of course, you still have to follow the recommended care guidelines. Since the best owners always go the extra mile and never accept "good enough," that means they'll work harder to care for them.

Yoyo tank size.

Adult Yoyos need a minimum tank size of 150 liters to stay healthy. The most important thing to remember is that when you choose the right tank, bigger is always better. Since the health of these fish is closely related to the size of their habitat, you need to provide enough space for them to swim comfortably.

An aquarium stores Melbourne for you to yoyo loach for sale to add to your tank. You can visit the website now by clicking below, or you can visit the store tomorrow if you are free!


Micro Aquatic Shop - The Aquarium Stores Melbourne.

Unit 15, 2-8 Daniel Street, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164

The required water parameter conditions.

One of the most important things you need to do when caring for Yoyo Loaches is to test the water regularly. While they can be tough, that doesn't mean they will endure harsh changes.

You should maintain relatively constant parameters to ensure the fish is not stressed and diseased. Here are the water parameters required for this species:

Water temperature: 75°F to 86°F (aim at the centre)

pH: 6.0 to 8.0

Water hardness: 3 to 12 dKH

Expert advice: Don't fall into the "hard fish" trap that other aquarists fall into. Just because these fish aren't overly sensitive, it doesn't mean you can be lazy with water changes or overall maintenance. Always aim for perfection!

Before it comes to how to decorate the tank, let's see what customers who have purchased Yoyo Loaches have to say.



What to decorate their tank with?

You should mimic the environment for your aquarium like creating plenty of hiding places and they will love having a plant shelter.

Fill the bottom of the tank with soft sand. Yoyo Loaches love to dig in the sand when they play. They can also use their antennae to see through the sand for something to chew on.

You can then make use of rocks, driftwood and caves as a relaxing place for your fish. When you find caves, choose caves that are similar in size to them. Yoyo Loaches love a cozy feeling, so they often overlook large caves with too much space.

Arrange aquatic plants around the perimeter of the tank such as Java moss, Java Fern, and Anubias Nana, make sure you hold them firmly as yoyos may discover or knock them down. Then leave some empty space in the center for swimming and playing.

These fish like slow-moving water, so don't use a pump that's too strong. You can slow down the flow a bit by redirecting the filter's output towards the glass or placing some plants in the stream's path.

Common disease.


The worst thing about keeping Yoyo Loaches is that they tend to be the first species affected by disease in the tank.

The reason is that these fish have very small scales that cling to the skin. They are not as protective as the scales of other fish.

Therefore, they may be infected with parasites and fungi before others in the tank. Not only that, they are also sensitive to the drug.

Fortunately, there is no illness specific to Yoyo Loaches. You will need to take care about common freshwater diseases, such as Ich disease.

If you notice any signs of disease, you must transfer the fish to another tank for treatment. There, you can safely use medicine or natural remedies to cure your fish without affecting others.

Expert Note: The most effective way to reduce the likelihood of disease is to ensure the water quality in your aquarium is at a good level. Clean water keeps fish healthy.

Food & Diet.

Yoyo Loaches is not a picky eater. They need to be fed several small meals a day to stay healthy. However, you also have to be wary of overfeeding! These fish will eat until they get sick.

Luckily, you can feed Yoyo Loaches just about anything. These fish barely float to the surface, so you need to feed them foods that can sink to the bottom like brine shrimp, earthworms, etc.

Do yoyo loaches eat snails?

Yoyo Loaches will even eat snails. They have teeth in their throats that make a clicking sound when they eat. These fish will eat the freshwater snails in your aquarium and keep the population low. You no longer have to worry about an overpopulation of snails or the sudden appearance of snails in your tank.

Yoyo Loaches' personality.


There is a common misconception that Yoyo Loaches are shy. Although they can spend time hiding in caves and vegetation, they will enjoy playing once they are comfortable with their surroundings.

They thrive in groups of 4 or 5 fish. You will see them gather and play. Unlike other species of chameleon, this species is not nocturnal and is quite active during the day.

In most cases, Yoyo Loaches will show no signs of aggression towards other gentle fish in the tank. So you can keep groups of 3-5 or add other fish to Yoyo Loaches' tank.

The tankmate Yoyo Loach.

As we stated earlier, having a small group of Yoyo Loaches is important. They do best when in groups and work best when they can interact with other fish in the tank.

These fish usually cling to the bottom and middle of the aquarium. So having other species occupy the top of the tank is always a good thing.

Here is a list of some commonly used Yoyo Loach tank mates to get you started:


Bristlenose Plecos

Molly fish

Congo Tetra

Author's Note: Always watch your fish closely when introducing them to each other. Just because two species are generally compatible doesn't mean they get along 100%.


When do Loaches breeding?

Don't expect Yoyo Loaches to spawn in your tank. This species is difficult to breed in family tank conditions because the females are migratory during the breeding period.

My advice for you is…

Now that you know the basics of how to care for a Yoyo Loach, you should go out and buy 1 or 2 for yourself! These fish are fun to watch and you'll definitely spend a lot of time seeing what they're up to in your tank.

This is one of those species that I recommend to all hobbyists to have in their tanks. No matter how long you've had it, this is a super easy fish to keep, low in disease and long life.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us here:

Micro Aquatic Shop - The Aquarium Stores Melbourne.

Unit 15, 2-8 Daniel Street, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164

Customer support: (02) 8320 3037

Email: support@microaquaticshop.com.au

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