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Botia lohachata (Pakistani Loach, Yo Yo Loach)

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This fish is currently referred to as Botia almorhae in the scientific literature, although the Botia lohachata is more common in aquarium books.

Juvenile fish are silvery-white with a few dark bands on them. As the fish mature, the ground colour darkens somewhat and the bands break up into more complex chains and loops.

This species is a confirmed snail eater.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This is a somewhat aggressive species of loach. In community tanks it usually gets along with robust species, such as clown loaches, medium sized barbs, plecs, etc., but it should not be kept with nervous or delicate species like discus.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution India, Nepal, Bangladesh
Temperature 24-28 C
Size In aquaria to 8 cm, in the wild up to 15 cm
Water Parameters Neutral conditions preferred
Water PH 6.5-7.5

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.