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This months profile was written by Craig Morrison an avid loach lover and a seasoned member of the sites message forum.
Yasuhikotakia (Botia) Sidthimunki
A peaceful and active loach species when kept in schools of 5 or more. Will provide many hours of enjoyment.
A taxon is Critically Endangered when it is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future
**Captive breeding has been achieved with this species since the IUCN review, thus bringing back to the trade a once thought extinct botia. The hobbyist should be dedicated to providing good water conditions for this species of botia.
General Body Form:
Underside and back are slightly convex. Small outward facing mouth with 3 pairs of barbels. Although a Botia, sids do have small scales which are not present on the head. Subocular spines are present. Can reach 5 inches (30cm) in length.
The back is light brownish to light yellow with longitudinal bands that are connected by smaller bands across the back. In young specimens the pattern forms a chain. Underside is white with a silvery sheen. Fins are clear.
Ideally, botia sidthimunki should be kept in soft water with sand or small gravel substrate. Rocks and roots arranged in the aquarium to provide hiding places are needed to make the species feel safe. Active by day and night. Should be kept in small shoals, 3 being the minimum, 5 or more ideal to bring out their natural behavior. Very active fish that will provide many hours of entertainment. Will accept flake foods but live or frozen foods are more readily accepted.
Clear, flowing waters of Thailand and India.
Unknown. Breeding behavior in captivity has been observed but there are no exact details other than they have been bred in the home aquaria. Captive breeding has been achieved, as this species was once thought extinct.
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