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Burmese Loach

Picture of Burmese Loach, Botia histrionica Picture of Burmese Loach, Botia histrionica
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Common name:Burmese Loach, Burmese Zebra/Golden Loach
Scientific name:Botia histrionica
Origin:India, Myanmar (Burma)
Size:12.5cm (5")
Recommended tank size:120 x 38cm (48 x 15") or larger.
Tank setup:Use rocks, driftwood and robust plants to provide a varied aquascape, and a substrate of soft sand or fine smooth gravel.
Compatibility:Keep in a group of their own kind, preferably six or more where tank size allows. Suitable for community tanks.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Soft to slightly hard and slightly acidic to around neutral (pH 6.2-7.4) would be ideal.
Feeding:Feed a varied diet including flake, granular and pellet foods as well as frozen foods such as bloodworm, mysis and artemia (brine shrimp). Include some vegetable component in the diet, may nibble soft-leaved plants.
Sexing:No obvious differences, mature females are likely to have a heavier body shape.
Breeding:No reports of aquarium breeding known.
Comments: A group of these loaches will make a good addition to a community tank of suitable size, and will not generally harass tankmates, although more timid fishes could be unsettled by their lively behaviour. Barbs, rasboras and danios would make good companions, as well as rainbowfish and medium-large sized tetras.



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