Welcome to the International Loach Association

Join our Community of Loach Enthusiasts

At the International Loach Association, we are dedicated to bringing together people who share a passion for this hugely diverse group of fishes. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, our community welcomes you. Connect with like-minded individuals, share your experiences, and learn more about these fascinating creatures.


Originally setup as the Loach Association of Great Britain we had people from around the world asking if they were still welcome, we thought about this and decided to change the name to the International Loach Association in 2009.


In the 80's and 90's apart from several species loaches weren't very popular at all, this was down to a few reasons:

  • A lack of information regarding care, behaviour and habitats.
  • lack of availability.
  • loaches were deemed unbreedable by a lot of aquarists/breeders
  • Primarily viewed as "snail control"


The aims of the International Loach Association have always remained the same and they are to raise awareness of loaches and help make information regarding the needs of loaches, be that identification, care and husbandry, habitats, new species and spawning reports freely available, to spread awareness of how "breedable" loaches actually are and dispel the myth that these wonderful fish are only good for "snail control".


In addition to this website, the International Loach association Facebook page, Loach Fanatics and Dojo loach Facebook groups we have books written by Mark Duffill available and Mark has given talks to clubs and organisations around the world regarding loaches. 

presentations & lectures

At the International Loach Association, we are passionate about raising awareness and sharing our knowledge about loaches with enthusiasts from around the world. Our presentations and lectures are an integral part of our mission to promote the understanding and care of these fascinating fish.

Loach Species

Explore our photo gallery featuring stunning images of captive and wild loaches in their natural habitats. 

News & New Species

Keep up to date with the latest discoveries and learn more about new species of loaches.

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