Dwarf Chain Loach Tropical Fish Information

Ambastaia Sidthimunki
Dwarf Chain Loach
Behaviour Peaceful, active
Typical size 5cm
Max size 6cm
Tank Area Bottom. Shoals will swim in midwater
Min Tank Size 80cm
Min Number in Tank 6
Temp Min: 25℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Omnivorous; feed a good variety of foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Chain Loach Botia Sidthimunki
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Dwarf Chain Loach (Ambastaia Sidthimunki)

Dwarf Chain Loach Tropical Fish Learn all about the Dwarf Chain Loach's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Dwarf Chain Loach is the right fish for your aquarium.

This fish is the smallest of the loaches and well suited to peaceful community aquariums. The fish are active during the day and prefer to be in shoals where they will swim and interact with each other. Although a scavenger, confident shoals or individuals will swim in midwater and even learn to take food from the waters surface. An aquarium for these fish should have plenty of vegetation across the substrate and smooth, rounded, or small grade substrates to avoid damage to the fishes barbels. This fish likes to squeeze into tiny spaces so care must be taken to ensure that tank decor does not have sharp edges, and that any very tiny spaces are sealed with aquarium sealant.The fish will adapt to a wide variety of water conditions and is a good aquarium fish.

Dwarf Chain Loach Facts

Family Cobitidae (Loaches) | Synonyms botia sidthimunkii | Other names Dwarf Loach, Chain Loach, Chained Loach, Dwarf Botia, Ladderback Loack, Pygmy Loach, Skunk Loach | Origin Asia: Northern India and Thailand | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Flooded regions, muddy rivers, lakes, and pools. Usually found in standing water

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