Redtail Botia Tropical Fish Information

Yasuhikotakia modesta
Redtail Botia
Behaviour Active, boisterous, territorial but manageable
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 150cm
Min Number in Tank 6
Temp Min: 25℃ Max: 29℃
Feeding Sinking foods, flake, pellets, live or frozen
pH Range 6-7.5
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Redtail Botia Yasuhikotakia modesta
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Redtail Botia (Yasuhikotakia modesta)

Redtail Botia Tropical Fish Learn all about the Redtail Botia'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 Redtail Botia is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

Redtail Botia Facts

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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