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Thread: 20 year old Lohachata Botia
02-14-2013, 01:04 AM #1
20 year old Lohachata Botia
I took a couple pics tonight when I fed my guys. L. Botia was bought in 1994 and kept in a 20L in my office at work for 10 years along with some Tetra's. When I left the company (s)he moved to a 30g in my home. Looks and behaves as good as ever. I wonder how long he can live.
In front of the cave is my clown pleco, about 7 years old. Clown pleco's are nice because they stay small. He likes to hide so I don't see him that often though. Thanks for looking.
02-14-2013, 09:37 AM #2
Very inspiring :)
Please share some more information like year-round temperature, food, husbandry, etc.
02-15-2013, 03:02 AM #3
He is fed a quality flake food, and/or shrimp pellets, 5-7 days a week. Then frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp once every week or two. No exactness to this. Might skip a day a week, might not. Even time of day occasionally is varied.
The trick is to not overfeed.
Temp has always been 76-78, or so.
When he was in the first tank (20L at my workplace) I had to do PWC about every two weeks, because there were quite a few other fish in there with him. Filtration was UGF, and an AquaClear HOB. I don't remember the size, but it wasn't big.
In his present tank, (30g) stocking is lower so I can get away with a month or two between PWC. Filtration is a Penguin 170 with BIO wheel.
EDIT: In the workplace tank, I always used Hinkley and Smith drinking water (from the 5 gal bottles) to replace or top off water.
At home I use treated tap water for water changes, and store bought distilled for topping off from evaporation.
Last edited by Mister Limpet; 02-15-2013 at 03:08 AM.
02-15-2013, 10:59 PM #4
Wow; I knew Clown loach's lived a long time but did not know these guys were so long lived. Good job on your part for giving him the proper care to live this long.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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