Pakistani Loach
Behaviour Active, may harass other fish
Typical size 8cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Frozen, live, sinking foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Pakistani Loach Botia lohachata
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Pakistani Loach

Botia lohachata

The Pakistani Loach may be seen with variable markings depending on age and collection location. The body may be white or cream and contain heavily reticulated markings as in the picture here, or more solid markings, often arranged similar to three 'y' shaped lines interspersed with spots. Although relatively peaceful, the Pakistani Loach may harass weaker fish and become aggressive to its own kind. Taking this into account it is best mixed with robust fish and kept either singly or in large groups. Provide a fine sandy bottom or rounded gravel and plenty of hiding spots amongst wood and plants. Although hard water is tolerated, soft water is preferred.

Family Cobitidae (Loaches) | Other names Yo-Yo Loach, Reticulate Loach, Y-Loach, Painted Loach | Origin Asia; India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Streams and pools with rocky or gravel bottoms

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