Eye Spot Loach (Acanthocobitis botia)
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Eye Spot Loach
7.0 - 7.2
- Mottled Loach, Zipper Loach, Spot Loach, Sand Loach, Striped Loach
Additional scientific names
- Noemacheilus botia, Nemacheilus botia, Cobitis botia, Nemacheilus botia botia, Botia nebulosa, Nemachilus botius, Nemachilus botia, Nemachilus mackenziei
- Found throughout Asia from India and Pakistan to Thailand and has also been found in Yunnan in China.
- Mature females are broader in the belly than males.
- A peaceful bottom dweller that appreciates company of its own kind, keep with other peaceful community fish who are not bothered by a strong current which this fish requires.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- In the wild these fish are found in fast flowing streams, will appreciate rock work and bogwood to hide under. Needs a well aerated tank with a good current. Prefers a soft substrate of either small gravel or sand to sift through.
- An active fish that spends most of its time on the substrate. It will sift through the substrate, filtering through their gills, looking for microscopic food.
- Can be mistaken for Botia striata, except for this fish has a distinctive eye-spot on the caudal peduncle.
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