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Zebra loach - Botia striata

Zebra loach - Botia striata

Scientific name: Botia striata

Common name: Zebra loach

Family: Cobitidae

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

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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

Food

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.

Sexing

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.

Breeding

Not much is known about breeding the Zebra Loach in captivity.

Lifespan

The Zebra Loach has the potential to live for over 15 years.

Origin

Botia striata is endemic to rivers of Southern India including the Tunga River.

Short Description

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.

Pictures

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