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Polka Dot Loach

Picture of Polka Dot Loach, Botia kubotai Picture of Polka Dot Loach, Botia kubotai
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Polka Dot Loach, Angelicus Loach
Scientific name:Botia kubotai
Origin:Salween River Basin, Myanmar and Thailand.
Size:Up to 15cm (6")
Recommended tank size:122 x 38cm (48 x 15") or larger.
Tank setup:Sand would be an ideal substrate, followed by fine smooth gravel. Use stones and pebbles to vary the aquascape and provide a stimulus to explore. Plants could be included, but bright lighting is unnecessary, so floating or tall overhanging plants could be used to provide shaded areas.
Compatibility:Keep in a group of 5-6 or more individuals. Not generally aggressive, although it could nip the fins of long-finned and slow-moving fish such as male Guppies and Bettas.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Soft to slightly hard, pH 6.0 - 7.6.
Feeding:Feed a varied diet including bloodworm, brine shrimp (Artemia), mysis, etc, plus sinking granules, preferably including some vegetable component.
Sexing:No obvious differences, mature females are likely to have a heavier body shape.
Comments: This strikingly patterned loach is a relatively recent introduction to the aquarium hobby, and was know under a variety of common names before it was formally described. When kept in groups, some sparring may occur as a pecking order is established, but this is not likely to result in harm or serious stress, and will be minimised by keeping in a reasonable sized group.



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