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Growth rate of Orange-finned Loach (Blue Botia)

Posted By: Etienne
Date: Monday, 18 October 2004, at 11:52 p.m.

My LFS have Orange-finned Loach (Blue Botia / Botia modesta) for sale. The fishes are 2 inches long.

My question: how long will they be in one year?

Context: I'd like to mix Orange-finned Loaches with Oscars (Astronotus ocellatus). Oscar owners told me theses fishes can peacefully live together... ONLY IF the loaches are big enough. If the loaches are too small, adult Oscars will simply eat them.

You have to understand that Oscars are very fast growing fishes. I'll soon buy 2 "baby Oscar", and they'll be 10 inches in one year (I can expect 12 inches for max adult size).

If I also buy 5 or 6 orange-finned loaches (2 inches long) with the Oscars, will the loaches be too small in a few months?

The tank is 120 gal with a lot of hiding spaces for the loaches. :-))