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Botia macracantha (Clown Loach)



Click on the images above to get the high resolution pictures. Photos by G.J.Reclos/MCH

Photo by G.J.Reclos /MCH

Photo by Dimitris Dimitriadis

Photo by Dimitris Dimitriadis

Botia macracantha (Clown Loach)

 
Botia macracantha is usually referred to by its common name, “Clown loach». It is one of the best known botias and is very common to hobbyist’s tanks. The fish belongs to the family Cobitidae and it comes from running and still water in Indonesia, Sumatra and Borneo. The fish is usually sold as a juvenile at a size of 4-5 cm. Most hobbyists are not aware of the fact that this fish may reach a size of 30 cm. This size will very rarely be reached in an average tank but this fish still belongs in the group of fishes that are misjudged. The fish shown in the top photo has a size of 20 cm and is housed in a 400 liter aquarium. The correct pH is around 7. The fish is quite active even during the day and will tolerate its own species (as well as other species) so it can be kept as a school. It may sometimes make a “clicking” noise (as most loaches). This species has been spawned in aquariums although these are usually species tanks. The fish is a schooling one so single specimens should be avoided whenever possible (= tank size permitting). Closely related to Botia modesta and Acanthopsis choirorrhynchus (click on “Fish Index” in the navigation bar to get more info on these species, too).

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