I know this can also depend on the loach species itself.
I am particularly interested in gold zebra loaches (botia histrionica), yoyo loaches (botia almorhae) or polka dot/burmese border loaches (botia kubotai).
Most internet searches say a 75 gallon minimum tank is required and then say but larger will be needed for a group...
This is too vague for me! Haha
How large of a tank would I need for, let's say 10 golden zebra loaches?
Thanks so much, Take care!
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Another botia to consider are striata. Smaller than histys (3-4 inches), very attractive, but a bit shy IME. I had 6 (all that I could find) & 10 sidthimunki in a 75g. I would love to keep both species again but in a 1 loach species tank with more of each species. My loaches divided into 2 groups of 3 striatas & 4 sids in each both led by a female sid. No fighting, just a bit odd? I would keep 12+ striata or 20+ sids in a 75g.
Of course, a bigger tank & group of loaches is always better. I would keep either 8-10 (or maybe even 12) histys or kubotai in a 75g without other bottom fish. Yoyos are not on my "future loach species list"; a bit larger in size & often semi-aggresive, similar in looks to histys...maybe in a 6ft tank...I've never had a 6ft tank...
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