Share us: facebook bookmark google plus bookmark twitter bookmark stumbleupon bookmark reddit bookmark digg bookmark
Cookies seem to be disabled in your browser, therefore this website will NOT work properly! Please, consider enabling Cookies in order to maximise your user experience while browsing.
Recent discussions at Aqua-Fish+
  1. charmi1 at How to take care of Kuhli loaches with forum and images on
  2. charmi1 at How to breed and take care of Dwarf gouramis with forum on …display more of the recent discussions
  3. charmi1 at A DIY external filter for a 26 gallon or bigger aquarium on
  4. charmi1 at An article on keeping Giant Pufferfish with forum on
  5. charmi1 at Tetrafin Flakes Review on
  6. charmi1 at Tips for choosing the first aquarium and accessories on
  7. charmi1 at Simple Aquascaping on
  8. charmi1 at Power Filters for Aquariums on
  9. charmi1 at Setting up a Tropical Fish Tank on
  10. charmi1 at Review of Magnum and Penguin Aquarium Filter on
YoYo loach - Botia almorhae

YoYo loach - Botia almorhae

Scientific name: Botia almorhae

Common name: YoYo loach

Family: Cobitidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 10 cm (3.15 - 3.94 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7.5

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

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Yoyo loach is the common name of Botia almorhae (once called botia lohachata) that belongs to the botinae species, like clown loach. The fish was thought to have originated in Pakistan, though they are also found in India and Bangladesh, where almost all the botia we have in our aquariums are fished or live in big ponds for captive breeding. Yoyo loaches are mostly wild caught specimens as they do not breed easily in captivity.It has a rather interesting pattern and various strains of this form exist; Usually reaches 10 cm in length and it’s light grey body is characterized by dark spots that cover the entire fish from head to fins.Like other botia, the barbels at the sides of it’s mouth helps it to dig tunnels on the aquarium ground. Due its attitude is better to set up the tank with soft rounded gravel or sand, plants must be strong and can eventually be protected by stones or pots. Botia almorhae is a peaceful fish and can live in almost every aquarium, anyway it can be sometimes really territorial with other fish living on the ground, so house it only in big tanks not too much populated.Yoyo loach is more active during night, while during day stays repaired under plants or decorations, being a shy fish it is better not to have a strong lighting, or use some floating plants to shade the aquarium. Especially during night it can happen that they come under the surface to eat; anyway living on the ground they mostly eat the food fallen from other fish above, and other not floating product thought for them; the base of their diet can be constituted by common fish pellets and spirulina pellets.They require good quality water with efficient filtration. They are omnivorous and feed at the bottom of the tank thereby keeping the tank clean of uneaten food. They do best in medium to large planted aquariums, preferably with a sandy substrate as the species tends to grovel in the sand for these leftovers. The yoyo loach does best in a small group.

©Stokes(2005); ©Michela Ferretti(2006)


Feed them granules, beef heart, etc. YoYo loaches tend to eat ramshorn snails too.


Nearly impossible to find differences between sexes.


Not reported yet.


4-6 years.


Thanks to Louise! Other pictures were bought from

Yoyo loach Yoyo loach, img 2 Yoyo loach, picture 3 Yoyo loach, picture 4 Yoyo loach, picture 5


Feel free to download our video here (49 MB, 640x480, mpeg, MPEG-1 type).

Did you know?

Login, please!

All comments must be submitted by registered members. Please, click this link to login or register!

Please, verify whether your login and password are valid. If you don't have an account here, register one free of charge, please. Click here to close this box.

You have been logged out successfully! This box will close automatically!

Something went wrong during processing your message, please try again!

Your message has been sent, thanks a lot!

Page has been saved, refresh it now, please!

The page has been created, you will now be redirected!

URL already exists!

Path to the photo is not unique!

Really delete this page from the database?

The page has been removed successfully, you will be redirected now!

The page couldn't be deleted!!

Unfortunately this page doesn't allow discussion. Please, find any other page that fits your area of interest as over 99% of our pages allow discussion. The reason why no discussion is allowed here is this page is too general. Thanks a lot for understanding! Click here to search, please!

Really delete this comment from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Selected comment has been removed successfully!

Selected image has been removed successfully!

Either login or email address is required

Account has been recovered, please check your email for further instructions