- Skunk loach
name = Skunk loach
phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "Y. morleti"
binomial = "Yasuhikotakia morleti"
The skunk loach, skunk botia or Hora's loach, "Yasuhikotakia morleti" (syn. "Botia morleti", "Botia horae", "Botia modesta"), is a
freshwater tropical fishfound in the Mekong Riverand various rivers in Thailand. The maximum size is 10 cm (4 in) and it occurs in water with parameters 26 - 30 ° C (79 to 86 ° F) temperature, pH6.0 to 8.0, hardness 5.0 to 12.0. It feeds on live crustaceans, insects, snails and other invertebrates.
In the aquarium
Despite being seen frequently in the
aquariumtrade, it is a very aggressive fish and not suitable for community aquarium tanks. Other smaller fish and bottom feeders in the tank may be attacked or killed. Suitable tank mates for the skunk botia include larger cichlidspecies. Caves should be provided as hiding places.
List of freshwater aquarium fish species
* Riehl R, Baensch HA (1996) Aquarium Atlas. Vol 1. pg: 368.
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