For info, I'm thinking something over 120 UK gals or 6x2x2 minimum as an easy reckoner.
Other than that the tank would include some silver sharks, some zebra loaches and a number of siamese flying foxes but be largely dedicated to the botia.
In my opinion, Clown loaches and Blue botia (Y. modesta) are not a good combination. You will find that many people claim to 'get away' with such a mixture, but in reality the Blues are far too aggressive to be housed alongside the Clowns (which are gentle giants). Although they have similar requirements in terms of water parameters, tank size etc, the constant harassment from the Blues will distress the Clowns. Y. modesta are far better maintained either in a large species-only shoal, or with some of the more feisty botiids that can handle a bit of belligerence, such as some of the Tiger (Syncrossus spp.) loaches.
Hope this helps,
East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
Thanks very much for the response. Shame to hear, they're such a striking colour and loachy too! Still I like clowns well enough.
I just put my flying fox in the same tank and he's never been happier in the higher flow. He used to be in pretty much still water in a planted tank. Took me a while to realise he was too big for the tank and also preferred faster water.
Plan is to run twwo FX5s and as many powerheads as it requires. I've two tunzes in the 4ft, one's the smallest they do, the other one runs pulsing and is the next size up. LED tiles do the lighting, I love watching the fish go to bed rather than being plunged into darkness and likewise at "dawn".
I've one fx5, an external heater, two eheims 2227 and ecco and a overhead trickle filter integral to the tank (part of the fixed coverglass). Substrate is sand, hiding places are bogwoood.
Don't have any pics here though, I'll certainly post some when I get the new tank
Here's my tank. Sorry about the music but my son came in and said something unpublishable about another family member! and yes the tank is very scratched --it took me some time to discover acrylic pads to clean the glass with
Tank is 36 gallons with about that much in external filtration again. 4ft long, 18" wide. Occupants probably feeling a bit squeezed but the new tank is almost on order having been promising it to myself for over a year I've now saved the cash!
NB: the tank isn't as bright as it looks. The camera is overexposing because it's so dim.
It pains me that the tank isn't right. It'll get there soon though, still debating the details.
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