Redtail Botia
Behaviour Active, boisterous, territorial but manageable
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 120cm
Min Number 5
Temp Min: 25℃ Max: 29℃
Feeding Sinking foods, flake, pellets, live or frozen
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m
Redtail Botia Yasuhikotakia modesta
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Redtail Botia

Yasuhikotakia modesta

This attractive loach species can be seen in a number of slight colour variations, with red to yellow fins and a blue-grey body. Like other loaches, these are shoaling species and need to be kept in groups. Fighting can occur, but damage is only done when small numbers cause bullying of weaker individuals. Again, as with other loaches, a sandy, or at least fine grade smooth substrate is required to prevent damage to the barbels. Since these fish reach up to 20cm in aquaria, and even larger in nature, a sizeable tank is required for a shoal. Provide plenty of hiding spots, since these fish can be a little active and occasionally need to hide away from the commotion. Feed a variety of foods, but be careful not to overfeed, or they may become misshapen. Avoid delicate tankmates and keep with other reasonably sized robust and active species. Note: This species has been seen artificially dyed. NEVER buy dyed fish, since the process is cruel and harmful, and never shop at any store which sells dyed species.

Family Cobitidae (Loaches) | Synonyms Botia modesta, B. rubrippinis | Other names Red-finned Loach, Blue Botia, Red-tailed blue loach | Origin Asia: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam | Breeding Unknown. The species is migratory and may be very difficult to breed in aquariums. | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Sandy or muddy medium-large rivers

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