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Botia lohachata

Yo Yo Loach

Quick Stats:   Yo Yo Loach

Family: Cobitidae
Range: India
Size: Up to 3 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Rocks, plants, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 72-86ºF; pH 6.0-7.5; dH 8-12
Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons
Light: Medium
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Layer

Botia lohachata is known as the Pakistani Loach and is often called the Yo Yo Loach. It is a scaleless fish which is silvery gold with black irregular striping and has four pairs of barbels protruding from the mouth area. It is a bottom-dweller that originates from the streams in India.

The Yo Yo Loach is an active scavenger and may be kept in an aquarium with other semi-aggressive fish. The aquarium should have a fine gravel bottom and provide caves, holes, and other places to hide. Because it originates from streams, it does well in aquariums with a water current.

The breeding habits of this species are not known, and successful aquarium breeding has yet to be recorded.

Botia lohachata requires small amounts of food several times a day. Younger Botia Loaches will eat most prepared foods, while older ones may be more finicky.

Ideal tank mates include:

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