After looking at then for a while we noticed the patterns on their backs are different, and started to wonder if they are the same species of loach. maybe that would explain the behaviour?
Thanks for any help or advice.
This is the larger one
These are the smaller ones
How big is your tank? I try not to keep less than 5 or 6 of each social species, but even 3 of each would be better if you have room
Maybe keep the B. kubotai, but I would not have tried them in that size tank. A smaller Loach such as B. striata would be a better choice. They are a bit smaller, so half a dozen would work.
Ambastaia sidthimunki would be a very active and interesting Loach in this size tank. Significantly smaller, so you could get enough of them to show you their social interactions.
Are there other fish in the tank?
Happy fish keeping!
It’s going to be something of a nightmare to get them out as they hide in one of the pieces of wood if the top of the tank is opened.
At the moment the only other fish in there are diamond tetras. We also have a bristlenose Pleco that we plan to move in.
If what I've researched is right, the Queen loach doesnt grow as big and would be ok. So we would replace the kubotai with queens. Does that seem like a good plan?
Here is one that uses the common name Ladder Loach.
When a species of fish is highly active then a really rough guide to accommodate their activity level:
At least 10x the fish length should be available for the fish to move around. This means:
For every inch of fish length have a foot long of tank.
In metric: for 2.5cm of fish length have 30 cm of tank length.
The Loaches so far in this thread are a bit different in that they alternate bursts of high activity with some passive time in a cave or under a branch or something. I would still want at least a 4' (1.2m) tank for either B. kubotai or B. dario.
Happy fish keeping!
What species is most available to you? That might be a starting point for your choice. Study the differences between dario & kubotai, they're not really so similar if you look hard...& you should be looking hard for species & for health! By the horizontal lines forming along their lateral lines I'm sticking to b. kubotai not rostrata, but still, 5 inch fish if kubotai; 5 or 6 inch if darios
I have a bit of metric vs English measurement dyslexia at times Is it covered?... what dimensions are your tank? Long is better for loaches...
We have returned the loaches, we are thinking of getting Dwarf Chain loaches, pepper corys and our Bristlenose Pleco will go in also. Does anyone see a problem with those?
& we're going to need more pics please!
As said, they all live on the bottom, but don't really understand each othjer. Further, it is better to have 1 big group than 2 smallish ones, whether Cory or Botia
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