introduction of three or four zebra loaches
be okay with my fish? I am back in the
hobby after 20 years and find it and your
magazine very enjoyable. Any feedback
would be appreciated.
I think a small school of zebra
loaches Botia striata will
get along just fine with the
population of fishes you list,
and they should do a good job of eliminating
the snails currently infesting your aquarium.
Just keep in mind that, even though the
species in your tank are all pretty small,
the addition of three or four more fishes
will bring your system pretty close to the
maximum bioload, so I wouldn’t recommend
adding anything else after the loaches.
By most accounts, B. striata is relatively
non-aggressive as loaches go and, unlike
its more popular cousin, the clown loach
Chromobotia macracanthus, has the added
advantage of reaching a very manageable
adult size—only about 3 to 4 inches. Hence,
it’s feasible to keep several individuals of
this species in the average home aquarium.
Zebra loaches Botia striata only grow to about 3 to 4 inches, and small schools can be kept even
in relatively small aquaria.
I have heard some hobbyist accounts of Baby Whales
Botia striata getting a bit nippy toward My favorite pet store has a
other bottom-dwelling species, so you might really cute little fish called a
need to keep an eye on your Corydoras baby whale for sale. I know
catfish and, perhaps, your Otocinclus it’s not actually a whale, but the sign on the
cats at first to make sure they’re not being tank didn’t offer much information about
pestered by the zebra loaches. However, it, and the salesperson couldn’t tell me a
in a 55-gallon aquarium, I think there great deal about it either. Can you provide
should be plenty of bottom space to allow any helpful information on this fish?
the different species to stay out of each Chris Berry
other’s way. Travers City, Michigan