Some Botia in its natural habitat

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Some Botia in its natural habitat

Post by Nonn » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:04 pm

Habitat: Mul River, Tributary of Mae Kong in North Eastern Thailand

3 species of Botia was found > 2 photographed > the other too freakish

B. eos are always under the shaded rocks. They darted from one to another. This is the best I can do.


B. eos with Crossocheilus sp.

B. morletti live in small school of 3-6. They foraged in open area and was a lot more easy to photograph.


New location in Mae Kong river.

The water was merky. I found this loach with white body, solid black banded on two sides and one right one top. The first though was B. nigrolineata, but on close examination it was more Nemacheiline type, like very large Nemacheilus but...what Nemacheilus? After a while, it disappeared in to the deeper part of the river and I was able to take only one lousy shot of it. I know the picture is too poor to tell, just want to get some though from you guys.

More image from the same trip at: ... id=7327#73

and ... id=7341#38
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Post by Mark in Vancouver » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:58 pm

From everyone here at LOL, we love you, Nonn!

Those pics are great! Y. eos and morletti in habitat... Wonderful. This has amazing potential for improved tank design.

Do you have large size files of these images? I think they could be very helpful.
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Post by LoachOrgy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:23 am

really really cool! :shock:
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Post by loachmom » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:14 am

Thanks so much, Nonn. Great pictures!

I'll see the little skunk loaches at my lfs in a new light now.

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Post by Mad Duff » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:26 am

Excellent stuff Nonn, its always great to get an insight in to a fishes wild habitat :D

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Post by YellowFinned » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:43 am

How often do you go on fish safaris?

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Post by helen nightingale » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:32 am

thankyou Nonn :D

wonderfull pics

i am very envious

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Post by shari2 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:57 am

Terrific Nonn, thank you!
Ahhh, snorkling. I love it. 8) So much to see.
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Post by Emma Turner » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:29 am

Wonderful pics as always, Nonn. 8) Keep them coming, we always love to see them. :wink:

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Post by mamaschild » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:56 am

Fabulous, Nonn :!: :!: :!:

I have a your first link, the 6th photo is of a LARGE Prawn with Blue claws in a tank with kids looking at it. What is that????

If it's what I think it is, a friend has one....can't remember the name of it, though :?

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Post by Vancmann » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:16 pm

Thanks Nonn, It's always a pleasure looking at the roots of our hobbies.
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Post by Martin Thoene » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:11 pm

mamaschild wrote:Fabulous, Nonn :!: :!: :!:

I have a your first link, the 6th photo is of a LARGE Prawn with Blue claws in a tank with kids looking at it. What is that????

If it's what I think it is, a friend has one....can't remember the name of it, though :?
Think that's a Macrobrachian species. They get huge.

Fantastic pictures as usual Nonn. Always love the underwater shots.

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Post by Jim Powers » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:46 pm

Thanks Nonn!! We can never get enough of the habitat pics.

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Post by Graeme Robson » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:55 pm

Amazing as always Nonn!! 8) Thanks!

Y. eos and Y. morletti naturally living under rocks. (I know a tank with these) 8)

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Post by fishnose » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:45 pm

Amazing to see morletis in thier natural habitat! Its so cool that they can live out there in a real makes one feel rather sad so many are in glass cubes with sharp rocks and without friends and all alone :cry: :cry: .... :cry: ... :cry:

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