Zebra loach - Botia striata
Scientific name: Botia striata
Common name: Zebra loach
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 10 cm (3.15 - 3.94 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 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
This omnivorous fish will readily accept live foods such as worms, crustaceans and brine shrimp. Zebra loaches should also receive some veggie matter to help aid in digestion.
The female Zebra Loach will be slightly smaller and fuller in the abdomen while the male will be leaner but larger. Otherwise there are very little features to distinguish between the males and females.
Not much is known about breeding the Zebra Loach in captivity.
The Zebra Loach has the potential to live for over 15 years.
Botia striata is endemic to rivers of Southern India including the Tunga River.
The Zebra Loach is a schooling fish which needs to be kept in groups of 5 or more. This fish is highly susceptible to diseases because of their lack of protective scales. The water in the aquarium should be kept very clean in order to prevent diseases.
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