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Burmese loach - Botia histrionica

Burmese loach - Botia histrionica

Scientific name: Botia histrionica

Common name: Burmese loach

Family: Cobitidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 9 - 11 cm (3.54 - 4.33 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 10°N (107.14 - 178.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 29 °C (77 - 84.2°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

Food and feeding

Burmese loach will accept a wide variety in its diet. Quality flakes and pellets, blood worm and brine shrimp are eagerly taken; try to add some vegetable matter, cucumber, zucchini and blanched peas are ideal.


Burmese loaches are mostly to be found in the Ataran River basin, Burma.


The only visible difference is that when mature the female will have larger bellies.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Botia histrionica breeding in the aquarium.


Expected life span for Burmese loach is 6 years.

Short description

Burmese loaches are definitely a curious species; they are always on the go investigating things and will soon learn how to feed from your fingers. Botia histrionica need a strong water flow in the tank with high oxygen levels in the water. Plenty of hiding places should be provided in the tank and add a sandy substrate as they do like to burrow a lot.


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