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.
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