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Clown Loach

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The Clown Loach (Botia macracantha) is a peaceful schooling fish native to the inland waters in Indonesia on the islands of  Sumatra and Borneo.

In their native habitat, the Clown Loach is found in fast moving streams with water temperature ranges between 77 and 86 °F, a pH between 5.0 and 8.0, and water hardness between 5 and 12 dH. For a good portion of the year, monsoons force the Clown Loach into blackwater river areas and murky water conditions encountered when the plains become flooded.

Clown Loaches get their name from their bright colors.  The main body is light to bright orange with three wide black, triangular, vertical bands that gives it it’s unmistakeable appearance.  The front band runs from the top of the head through the eye, the middle band runs between the head and the dorsal fin and wraps around the body, and the rear band wraps around the caudal and anal fins around the body.  Clown Loaches are wide bodied fish that have a large moveable spine set in a groove below each of the fish’s eyes that is used for defense and holding onto rocks in swift currents.

Clown Loaches are shy fish and benefit from having live plants and river rocks in the aquarium to hide amongst. They appreciate having caves, holes, driftwood and other hiding places strategically positioned around heavy aquarium plantings.

The Clown Loach is one of the “must have” fish for tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. They get along well with most other members of a community tank and have some interesting habits like swimming upside down or on their sides, and laying on their sides and  “playhing dead” on the botttom of the tank.  This is normal behavior for these fish.

Unlike most nocturnal loaches, Clown Loaches are active during the day but need cover, and shy away from bright light.  Because they are schooling fish, they do best in groups of 6 or more individuals and need a large tank with good water movement.  When kept in groups smaller than five, they will spend a lot of time hiding.  Since they grow up to a foot long in their natural environment, a 100 gallon tank or larger is not inappropriate to keep these fish happy. Clown Loaches are susceptible to Ichthyophthirius (ich) or white spot disease when stressed or subjeted to rapid water temperature changes.

Clown Loaches should be fed several small meals throughout the day instead of only once a day.  They are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods like vegetable flakes, “Pleco tablets”, live, frozen, or freeze-dried worms, brine shrimp, tubifex worms, and banana or other plant matter. Botia macracantha are voracious eaters of those nuisance snails that sometimes sneak into your aquarium on live plants.

Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness:  Very Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max. Size: 1′ Color Form: Black, Orange, Red, Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Good community tank fish Origin: Indonesia Family: Cobitidae Lifespan: 15 years + Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

Adolfoi Corydoras

$6.00
Size: Approx. 1" Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 68-77° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.2-7.2 Max. Size: 2.5” Color Form: Black, White Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Great in community tanks Origin: Brazil Family: Callichthyidae Lifespan: 6 Years or more Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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Albino Bichir

$8.00
Size: Approx 4" Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 77-83° F, 5-25H, pH 6.5-8.0 Max. Size: 14″ Color Form: Whitish-Yellow in color, with red eyes Diet: Carnivore Compatibility: Keep with others of same size Origin: West Africa Family: Polypteridae Lifespan: 10 Years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
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Albino Corydoras

$2.00
Size: Approx. 1.5" Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 68-77° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.2-7.2 Max. Size: 2.5” Color Form: White Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Great in community tanks Origin: Amazon, South America Family: Callichthyidae Lifespan: 6 Years or more Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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Black Venezuela Corydoras

$18.00
Size: Approx 1.5" Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-79° F, dKH 2-12, pH 5.8-7.0 Max. Size: 2.5″ Color Form: Black Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Community tanks Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Peru Family: Callichthyidae Life Span: Up to 10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
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Botia Dario

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Approx. 2.5" The body of the Dario Botia Loach is tan and black in color, and like other Botia loaches can be identified by their four pairs of barbels protruding from the mouth area. The entire body and fins of this Loach is barred with alternating stripes of both tan and black, which gives the fish its unique look. The Dario Botia Loach is an active, semi-aggressive, social, bottom dwelling scavenger that enjoys the company of its own species and other semi-aggressive fish. Like some other Loaches, they frequently school with others of their own species, size, and age and in the aquarium should be kept in groups of 4 to 8 fish. Dario Botia Loaches are inquisitive and seem to enjoy exploring their surroundings.  They are shy of bright light, prefer low light conditions and love to hide in caves, holes in banks, plants,driftwood, nooks, and tight crannies, especially when they sleep. They are reclusive during the day and become most active towards dusk. In the aquarium, be sure to provide Dario Botias with plenty of cover in the form of rocks, wood, flower pots and aquarium ornaments.  Natural style arrangements should include a substrate of sand or fine gravel, plenty of smooth water worn rocks, smooth pebbles, and driftwoodroots or branches. Dario Botia Loaches will squeeze themselves into any tiny gaps or crevices they can find, so items with sharp edges should not be placed in the tank. Any gaps or holes that are small enough for the fish to become trapped in should be filled in with aquarium silicone sealant. Because they are jumpers, a tight fitting cover is a must for these loaches. Dario Botia Loaches come from streams and require currents in the aquarium.  They are intolerant to accumulations of organic wastes and need spotlessly clean water to thrive.  A good filtering system and a small power head will achieve the desired well oxygenated water and moderate current conditions they require. Since Dario Botias are subject to low light conditions in their native habitat, lighting in the aquarium should be relatively subdued.  Plants like Microsorum pteropus (Java fern), Taxiphyllum barbieri (‘Java’ moss) or Anubias spp. that grow well in low light conditions, will benefit the fish, and when attached to driftwood or other tank furniture will provide additional shade for the fish.   Dario Botia Loaches will easily adapt to and should only be introduced to stable, biologically mature aquariums.  Weekly water changes of 30-50% tank volume should be considered routine maintenance. The Dario Botia Loach is a grazer and requires small amounts of food several times a day. Young Dario Botia Loaches will eat most high quality commercially prepared foods but older fish may be more finicky.   Feed them a varied diet of freeze dried bloodworms, brine shrimp and a quality flake or pellet food.  They relish snails and will feast on them with gusto. Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max Size: 6″ Color Form: Black, Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Social with peaceful, open water dwelling cyprinids Origin: India, Bangladesh Family: Cobitidae Lifespan: 5-8 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
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Botia Lohachata

$2.00
Approx. 1.5" The Lohachata Botia Loach (Botia lohachata) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Yoyo Loach, Almorha Loach, Pakistani Loach, Reticulated Loach, and Y-Loach. Because only a single juvenile specimen was used to originally describe Botia lohachata, the validity of the species has never been fully resolved.   Grant in 2007 considered it as a distinct species that has definitely been exported for the aquarium trade, but confirmation is still required. Juvenile Lohachata Botia Loaches have a gold to silver metallic sheen that turns a gray to green in adults, without the sheen.  Three unconnected “Y” markings typically occur in adult and juvenile specimens which give rise to one of their common names, the Yoyo Loach. The dorsal fin of the Lohachata Botia loach has 2 to 3 bands; the caudal fin has 3 to 4 bands, the pectoral fins usually have 3 bands, the anal fin has 1 or 2 bands, and the ventral fins usually have 1 to 4 bands that increase with age. The Lohachata Botia Loach can further be identified by the four pairs of barbels that protrude from their mouth and their silvery gold with irregular black striping color. The Lohachata Botia Loach is often believed to be a scaleless fish but they do have very small scales that are embedded in their skin. Like all loaches, the Lohachata Botia Loach is an active scavenger.  They are a semi aggressive species that enjoy the company of their own species.  They generally school with other loaches of the same size and age, and should be housed in groups of 6 or more specimens in an aquarium environment. Lohachata Botia Loaches require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with a sandy or fine gravel substrate, some plants, some smooth river rock, a few pieces of driftwood or bogwood for them to hide among, and plenty of free swimming space. They like holes in driftwood or caves in the rockwork to hide and sleep. Because Lohachata Botia Loaches are found in shaded jungle streams, they prefer subdued lighting or a few floating plants in their tank to diffuse the lighting and provide cover. All botia loaches are excellent diggers, and because of their delicate barbels, should be provided with a sandy substrate in their tank. These loaches are also excellent jumpers and require a tightly fitting tank cover. Lohachata Botia Loaches do best in well oxygenated water with some degree of current in their tank.  They are intolerant to the accumulation of organic wastes and need spotless water conditions to thrive. For this reason, many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts opt for using a quality canister filter for this species. They should never be introduced into a biologically immature aquarium. Even so, they require regular 25% to 50% weekly water changes. The breeding habits of this particular species have never been recorded, and to date no captive breeding program has yet been initiated. Juvenile Botia Lohachata will eat most prepared foods and should be fed small portions several times a day. Older specimens sometimes become finicky eaters and can be fed tubifex, blackworms, small snails, etc. to augment their diet. Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi Aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max Size: 5″ Color Form: Black, White, Yellow Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Good community tank fish Origin: Bangladesh, North and Northeast India Family: Cobitidae Lifespan: 8 – 12 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
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Botia Sidthimunki

$6.00
Size: Approx. 2"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Semi-aggressive in small groups Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 68-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5 Max. Size: 3″ Color Form: Solid dark lateral stripe and another running along the dorsal mid-line Diet: Omnivores by nature, will accept most foods in their diet Compatibility: You must keep them with other semi-aggressive species that can defend themselves Origin: Northern India and Thailand Family: Botiidae Lifespan: 8-12 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

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Botia Striata

$2.00
Approx. 1.5" - 2" The Zebra Loach has its entire body and fins barred with alternating tan and dark brown, to near black stripes. This gives the fish a unique appearance which is prized by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. Like other loaches it has four pairs of barbels protruding from its mouth. Females can be distinguished by their rounder abdomens. Although the Zebra Botia Loach is sometimes thought to be a scaleless fish, they do posess very small scales. Zebra Loaches are active, peaceful, semi aggressive shoaling scavengers that enjoy the company of their own species. Like other loaches that originate from tropical streams, they like to school with others of their own age, size and species. They should be kept in small shoals of 6 or more fish a community aquarium. Zebra Loaches need a fine sandy substrate in their tank which should be densely planted and aquascaped with plenty of smooth rock caves, holes, bogwood (or driftwood) and other hiding places. Their aquarium should be provided with soft, well filtered, slightly acidic, highly oxygenated water, and a moderate current to mimic their natural environment. Zebra Botia Loaches should be fed small portions of food several times during the day. They will accept most brands of sinking catfish pellets and flake foods but they should also be given a variety of frozen and freeze dried foods to supplement their diets. Brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, bloodworms and some fresh vegetable matter like a slice of cucumber will keep them healthy and active. Zebra Loaches will quickly rid your aquarium of unwanted snails that creep into your tank. Because of their small size, unique markings and peaceful disposition; Zebra Botia Loaches or Candystripe Loaches make a perfect choice for most community tank settings. Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful, Semi aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.0 Maximum size: 4 inches Color Form: Tan Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Excellent community tank fish Origin: India, Indonesia Family: Cobitidae Life span: 8 – 15 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
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Bronze Corydoras

$1.20
Size: Approx 1-1.5" Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-79° F, dKH 2-12, pH 5.8-7.0 Max. Size: 2.5″ Color Form: Golden bronze colour with a large darker stripe running along the sides of the fish. It often has iridescent flecks of green around the head and along the darker stripe Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Community tanks Origin: Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela Family: Callichthyidae Life Span: Up to 10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
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Bumblebee Goby

$1.20
Size: Approx. 1" Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Water Conditions: 73.5-79° F, pH 6.5-7.0 Max. Size: 1.5” Color Form: Black with pale yellow to orange bands Diet: Carnivore, preferable to feed it with small live and frozen food. This can be tubifex, brine shrimp and daphnia. Compatibility: Does not make an ideal community fish and best kept in a species-specific set-up Origin: China, Thailand and Indonesia Family: Gobiidae Lifespan: Up to 4 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner