CANDY-STRIPE OR ZE­BRA LOACH

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Tropical -

Sci­en­tific name: Bo­tia stri­ata Pro­nun­ci­a­tion: Bow-tee-ah st-rye-ah-ta Size: 9cm Ori­gin: In­dia: Ma­ha­rash­tra and Western Ghats Habi­tat: Quick-flow­ing, clear rivers with bedrock sub­strate and oc­ca­sional gravel, sand and leaf lit­ter Tank size: 100x45x30cm for five fish Wa­ter re­quire­ments: 6.2-7.5 ph, 3-12°H Tem­per­a­ture: 21-26°C Tem­per­a­ment: Ac­tive, play­ful and peace­ful Feed­ing: Om­ni­vore – sink­ing pel­lets, wafers and al­gae wafers, frozen and live­foods Avail­abil­ity and cost: Com­mon; from around £7 Bo­tia stri­ata is a per­sonal favourite of mine, with more dis­tinc­tive mark­ings than other fam­ily mem­bers and much finer stripes. Colours and even some de­tail­ing can be com­pared to B. kub­o­tai but there’s no con­fus­ing the two species as they have very dif­fer­ent mark­ings.

Con­sid­er­ing the Candy loach’s size, be­hav­iour and avail­abil­ity, this is the most suit­able Bo­tia for in­tro­duc­ing to gen­eral com­mu­nity tanks, and also for planted tanks as they don’t tend to bur­row and up­set or dam­age plants.

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