Botia almorhae
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Botia almorhae

Common Names: Pakistani Loach
Yoyo Loach
Synonyms: Botia lohachata
Family: Cobitidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Asia; India and Pakistan.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful. Will not harm other fish, great for community tanks.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with flakes, bloodworm and tubifex worms. Will feed from the surface as well as the substrate. Quite easy to keep.
6 - 8
24°C - 29°C
75°F - 84°F
5 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 11cm (4.3")
Female: 11cm (4.3")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Females are generally plumper than males, with males also displaying redness around the mouth and barbels
Breeding: Extremely difficult. Very rarely accomplished in a home aquarium.
Variants: An adult Botia Almorhae and a juvenile can look very different. A healthy adult displays reticulated markings (not the usual YOYO but more a jumbled pattern of lines and swirls. This is why this species is sometimes called a Reticulated Loach.
Comments: The yoyo loach gets its name from the markings on its sides, which in some specimens spells out the word yoyo. A great fish for a small community aquarium. Best kept in groups of 3+ as the yoyo loach is a gregarious fish and enjoys the company of its own kind. Thanks to Aaron Schutter for submitting this profile.
May be slightly more active at night but they often adjust to daytime feedings and become very active with the lights on.
Main Colours: Black, Yellow, White
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
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