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Tiger botia - Syncrossus berdmorei

Tiger botia - Syncrossus berdmorei

Scientific name: Syncrossus berdmorei

Common name: Tiger botia

Family: Cobitidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 22 - 25 cm (8.66 - 9.84 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 2 - 22°N (35.71 - 392.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 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

Food and feeding

Quality flake and sinking pellets should be given for the staple diet but they will require supplements of live or frozen foods. Blood worms and brine shrimp are ideal for Tiger botias and as they grow they will accept chopped prawns and mysis.


Asia; Tiger botias are found in India, Thailand, and Myanmar.


There are no visible differences between the sexes when juveniles, as mature specimens, the females will have a more rounded abdomen.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Syncrossus berdmorei breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Syncrossus berdmorei is 5-8 years.

Short description

Due to their larger adult size (up to 10 inches) these fish must be kept in at least a four foot aquarium. Use sand for the substrate as it spends a lot of time burrowing and gravel can damage its delicate barbels. The Tiger Botia can be aggressive; keeping it in small groups of at least 5 members can reduce this.


Page updated on 06/07/2008; the size attribute was updated.


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