POLKA-DOT LOACH

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Tropical -

Sci­en­tific name: Bo­tia kub­o­tai Pro­nun­ci­a­tion: Bow-tee-ah koo-bow-tie Size: 12-15cm Ori­gin: Found around the boarder of Thai­land and Myan­mar Habi­tat: Rel­a­tively slow-mov­ing, clear head­wa­ters, shaded by for­est with fallen wood and leaf lit­ter over gravel and sand sub­strates Tank size: 120x45x45cm for five fish Wa­ter re­quire­ments: 6.2-7.5 ph, 3-10°H Tem­per­a­ture: 22-27°C Tem­per­a­ment: Ac­tive, play­ful, some­times bois­ter­ous Feed­ing: Om­ni­vore – sink­ing pel­lets, wafers and al­gae wafers, frozen and live­foods Avail­abil­ity and cost: Quite com­mon; around £10-£12 The Polka-dot loach is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the genus, de­scribed in 2004 when the genus saw Mau­rice Kot­te­lat’s re­vi­sion. Ju­ve­nile B. kub­o­tai are eas­ily con­fused with young B. histri­on­ica as they both sport pale body colours with dark, wavy ver­ti­cal bars. As they ma­ture, the mark­ings be­come far more ob­vi­ous, split­ting into a range of dots and stripes to break up the out­line of the fish. Even­tu­ally the adult mark­ings de­velop to dis­play stretched out yel­low dots and wider bars of black.

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