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"Tiger Botia" or Botia helodes inquiry

Posted By: otto
Date: Friday, 23 February 2001, at 8:59 p.m.

Even though Botia helodes is one of the easiest Botia to find, you read very little here except that they are "aggressive". Aggressive how, as in aggression toward other species of loaches, or aggression toward non-loaches? Killing of other fish? Or just loachy squabbles?

How big have people got them to grow in a tank? Were problems people had because of a larger loach in a little tank?

From observations of fish dealer tanks, they seem like very gregarious loaches, often huddled together in a big loach pile or swimming side by side. A recent tank I saw had "Tigers" from 2" to 4", and were hardly the solitary, mean loaches that people seem to say they are (not to say they don't squabble, I'm sure they are quite capable). They may not be all that colorful, but seem to exhibit very interesting, very loachy behavior. And isn't loach behavior one of the main rea