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Botia modesta
Red finned loach
Bleeker, 1865

Botia modesta - Red finned loach - This can be an aggressive loach, and should be kept away from smaller species
This can be an aggressive loach, and should be kept away from smaller species
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(Other members of the genus Botia)

ADULT SIZE: 20 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Botia modesta live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

AQUARIUM CARE: This is a hardy loach, but one that is often not that visible in an aquarium setting. Hiding places should be provided for each fish and they will most certainly use them - coming out at night to search amongst the gravel for food remnants. This species has been reported to be aggressive and perhaps even eat smaller fish. It also digs up plants, and forethought is required before choosing this species.

BREEDING: Unknown

Have you bred Botia modesta? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Botia modesta breeding reports








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