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Botia is a genus of freshwater fish in the Loach family ( Cobitidae). It is most well known for the Clown Loach ( Botia macracanthus), which is often kept by aquarists.
Botia almorhae - Yo-Yo Loach, Pakistani Loach Botia beauforti - Chameleon Loach Botia dario - Bengal Loach Botia histrionica - Golden Zebra Loach Botia hymenophysa - Banded Loach, Tiger Loach, Zebra Loach Botia kubotai - Burmese Border Loach Botia lecontei - Silver Loach - Clown loach, Tiger Botia Botia macracanthus Botia modesta - Orangefin Loach - Skunk Loach Botia morleti Botia nigrolineata - Dwarf Loach, Ladderback Loach, Pygmy Loach Botia sidthimunki Botia striata - Zebra Loach
References "Botia." FishBase. ed. Froese, R. and D. Pauly (09/2004), URL: Botia ( http://www.fishbase.org/Eschmeyer/GeneraSummary.cfm?ID=Botia&fromsearch=1) "Botia." ITIS Standard Report. ( Integrated Taxonomic Information System: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., 2004_10_11). ITIS 638919 ( http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search-topic=TSN&search-value=638919)
External link Loaches Online ( http://www.loaches.com/)
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Botia (113 words)
Botia rubripinnis adult size: 5" temp: 75-80 bottom dweller, provide some hiding spots.
Botia morleti adult size: 2" temp: 75-80 bottom dweller, provide some hiding spots.
Botia helodes adult size: 5" temp: 75-80 bottom dweller, provide some hiding spots.
Botia sidthimunki (207 words)
Botia sidthimunki should always be kept in groups, minimum 3 animals, but better are groups of 5 or more.
Since they are the smallest botia, active during the day, and peacefull they are suitable for the community tank.
Waterconditions neutral to slighlty acidic water, which shouldn't be too hard, decent filtration, and frequent waterchanges.
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