Hora's Loach - Botia morleti Botia morleti
Hora's Loach


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Hora's Loach - Botia morleti

Species name: Botia morleti

Synonym: Botia morleti; Botia horae

Common name: Skunk Loach, Hora's Loach

Family: Cobitidae

Order: Cypriniformes

Class: Actinopterygii

Maximum size: 10cm / 4 inches

Environment: freshwater

Origin: Thailand

Temperament: Aggressive

Company: Hora's Loach is a shy nocturnal Loach for the most part, they can get quite aggressive, especially as they grow older. Keep this in mind when buying them. If you buy a small group the aggression tends to stay within that group, but if bought singly, they may turn that aggression onto the other fish in the aquarium.

Water parameters: temperature 26-30°C / 79-86°F; pH 7.0 – 7.5

Aquarium setup: Prefers sand or rounded gravel substrate to dig in. Botia morleti (Skunk Loach) also require hiding places as they are nocturnal. This Loach needs a tight fitting cover on the aquarium as it can and will jump.

Feeding: This Botia accept most foods including algae wafers, sinking pellets, frozen and live foods. Snails are also a favorite. Will usually feed after lights out.

Breeding: There have been no records of this fish breeding in captivity. It is also unknown as to the sexing of this species.

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Hora's Loach - Botia morleti