The tank had a sign that said dojo loach, but it was nowhere near snakey enough for that.
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/species ... =aymonieri
Just wondering as there are gold variants of this species out there, and they are quite commonly sold as 'sucking loaches' or 'algae loaches' even though they are not a true loach.
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clowns get huuuuge!Gryphoemia wrote:No, it didn't look like chinese algea eater- it wasn't elongated enough, and lacked the stripe.
It was proportioned more like a skunk or clown loach, just bigger.
there is/was a thread on here which mentioned that b. rostrata lose the stripes and get very "blotchy" as they get older - the page for them on the species index is here: http://www.loaches.com/species_pages/bo ... trata.html
most if not all of the photos are of young loaches; but if you imagine a bigger, solider, blotchy-instead-of-striped version (c'mon, work with me!) would that be a possibility?
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http://www.loaches.com/species_pages/bo ... serim.html
You have to remember that Botia almorhae can get to 6" or so, but they're not really golden based in colouration.
Either way, he's a pretty cool little fish- I put him on hold and I think I'll go back to pick him up tomorrow. He seemed pretty active and brave, despite being the only loach in the tank, so hopefully he'll work out with my new [messy!] baby oscar.
Now that I've gotten a better look at him (holding still), I think he's a little more elongated than I described him, and also a bit smaller- just over 4" from nose to base of tail. Certainly not silvery.
He seems pretty active, but I did notice that one of his eyes looks a little strange- in the middle of the pupil there's a spot of goldish color like the outside rim of the eye. Odd- it doesn't look milk-cloudy like sick fish eyes I've seen before.
and yes, botia=loach at least in your case.
Species=formerly lohachata, now almorhae
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