Dojo Loach, Weather Loach, Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, Oriental weatherfish, Chinese Weatherfish
Weather loaches are listed on the endangered species list over at the IUCN Red List website as least concern due to ecosystem loss and degradation in China and Japan. Misgurnus anguillicaudatus was first described by Cantor in 1842. This species of loach goes by a few nicknames which include the Dojo loach, Weather loach, Oriental Weather Fish, and Pond Loach.
The Dojo loach that is. Also known as the pond loach or oriental loach, but best known as the weather loach. The weather loach is an amazing fish that has had a relationship with mankind going back thousands of years; making it one of the oldest “domesticated” fish swimming this planet. The weather loach, or Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, has served mankind as a food fish, as an aquarium pet, and as a pond bottom feeder; but it is best known for its ability to predict weather!
feeding fancy gold fish and weather loach
Weather Loach, beh., sys., including goldfish --04/07/09
Another name for the Dojo loach is Weather loach or Weather fish. It got this name from its tendency to become very active just before a storm hits. It is often thought that this is because of a sensitivity to changes in barimetric pressure.The European weather loach (Misgurnus fossilis) represents one of many European freshwater fishes in decline. Efficient monitoring is essential if conservation efforts are to be successful, but due to the species’ cryptic biology, traditional monitoring methods currently in use are inefficient, time consuming and likely prone to non-detection error. Here, we investigate the usefulness of environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring as an alternative or supplementary method for surveying the Danish weather loach population, which is presumed to consist primarily of a single group of no more than 50 individuals. In 2008, the majority of historical Danish localities were surveyed, using traditional fishing techniques. We then applied eDNA methods to a number of these, as well as other potential localities. We successfully detected the weather loach at multiple sites in the single known remaining locality; a result that was later confirmed when local managers caught eight live specimens. Furthermore, the eDNA method indicated presence of the weather loach in another historical locality, where the species has not been observed since 1995. At the remaining localities, weather loach eDNA was not detected, providing further evidence for its absence. Importantly, the eDNA survey required less effort in person-hours and lower costs than the traditional fishing survey. This study confirms that eDNA monitoring is a valid supplement to traditional monitoring methods currently applied to monitor rare freshwater fishes. We propose that by providing reliable distribution data at lower cost and limited effort, the eDNA method can allow for increased management efficiency of endangered freshwater species such as the European weather loach.Weather loaches are from Asia. They are peaceful, bottom-dwelling fish. They are mostactive at night and right before a thunderstorm. It is a good idea to have plants and rocks intheir tank for them to hide in during the day. Providing caves for them is best and it isalso a good idea to provide some rocks with flat surfaces in their tank. Make sure thesubstrate has no sharp edges because weather loaches like to dig in it. Having fine substratein your weather loach tank is best because it makes it easier for them to dig in.Weather loaches do best with a neutral pH and in medium-hard water. You should keep at least 4 weather loaches togetherin your tank. They don't do well without the company of other fish of their species.