Scientific name: Botia dario Pronunciation: Bow-tee-ah da-ree-oh Size: 12-15cm Origin: Northern India, Bangladesh and Bhutan Habitat: Found in fast-flowing, clear mountain streams
with rocky structures and bedrock substrate Tank size: 120x45x45cm for five fish Water requirements: 6.5-7.5 ph, 3-10°H Temperature: 23-26°C Temperament: Active, playful and peaceful Feeding: Omnivore – sinking pellets, wafers and algae
wafers, frozen and livefoods Availability and cost: Quite common; around £9
The Queen loach you’ll see in the shops is visually the closest match for Clown loaches – the stripes are bolder than the Candy loach and closer in colour than the Burmese loach. As with the others though, the immature fish from the shop will change in appearance as they mature. In this case, the golden bars will shrink until they’re ‘pin-stripe’ thin. This species is said to appreciate or need greater numbers for a community. Some advise 10 as a base group, while others who have kept just three say they’ve been active, healthy and non-aggressive.