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Blue loach - Botia modesta

Blue loach - Botia modesta

Scientific name: Botia modesta

Common name: Blue loach

Family: Cobitidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 20 - 24 cm (7.87 - 9.45 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels


Granules, tablets, beef heart sometimes. Use food of good quality only.


No visual differences.


Blue loaches don’t breed in captivity. If you succeeded, let us know.


Some resources say its lifespan exceeds 20 years. However, you should be more realistic. Blue loaches usually live about 10 years in aquariums.

Additional information

Profile updated on 03/23/2007 based on one visitor’s comment regarding its aggressivity. Prevous Temperament to its family was aggressive.


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