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Loaches / Botiinae / Pakistani Loach

Pakistani Loach
Botia lohachata

Synonyms: None
Physical description: An elongated species with a flat belly profile. The caudal fin is forked and the caudal penuncle is wide. The body ranges from white to light brown in color. A number of dark brown markings overlay. These markings continue onto the fins.
Size/Length: To 4" (10 cm)
Similar species: None
Habitat: Inhabits slow-moving rivers of Pakistan and India.
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: A tank measuring 32" (81 cm) with a capacity of 30 gallons (114 L) is fine. Follow suggestions for B. helodes .
Water chemistry: pH 6-7.5 (6.7), 2-10 dH (5), 75-86°F (24-30°C)
Social behavior: A timid, but aggressive species suggested for a community tank having medium to large sized fish. A nocturnal species.
Suggested companions: Trichogaster, smaller Cichlasomines , STYLE="mso-bidi-font-style : normal ; mso-spacerun : yes"> larger Barbus, Danios, Tetras, Hatchetfish
FOOD: Live; primarily worms, also insect larvae and crustaceans; tablets
SEX: Unknown
Breeding techniques: Unknown
Breeding potential: 10. Has not been accomplished in an aquarium.
Remarks: This species is capable of making audible clicking sounds. The color and pattern varies according to its population.
Difficulty of care: 5. This small, but aggressive species requires a diet that includes live foods.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com