Skunk loach

Skunk loach

Taxobox
name = Skunk loach


regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Cypriniformes
familia = Cobitidae
genus = "Yasuhikotakia"
species = "Y. morleti"
binomial = "Yasuhikotakia morleti"
binomial_authority = Tirant, 1885

The skunk loach, skunk botia or Hora's loach, "Yasuhikotakia morleti" (syn. "Botia morleti", "Botia horae", "Botia modesta"), is a freshwater tropical fish found in the Mekong River and 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, pH 6.0 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 aquarium trade, 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 cichlid species. Caves should be provided as hiding places.

ee also

* List of freshwater aquarium fish species

References

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* Riehl R, Baensch HA (1996) Aquarium Atlas. Vol 1. pg: 368.


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