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All loaches have it in them to defend themselves. They also exhibit a social behavior which observes a hierarchy often established by sparing. While the sparing or dominance displays can end in injury they rarely do, and they almost never involve other types of fish. Some loaches prefer to be left alone, quietly living an almost solitary life, while others are all over the tank like packs of wolves. They all seem to enjoy a territory and some defend that viscously. Also there are differences not only between species but between fish. Stress factors can lead to aggression, providing a hiding place can make a big difference, while having a large enough grouping can also reduce aggression through security. So there are occasions where you may not want to add certain species of loaches to your tank depending on what is already in there. So here is a list of some Botias and their aggressiveness on a scale of 1-5. For synonyms make sure to refer to The Name Game page., although I provided a few here already. All right I also added some more information:)

Ag - Aggressiveness - Calm 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 Nasty
L - Length (inches)
GH° - Degrees German hardness
T - Temperature (C°)
pH - Well you get that one.

The pictures in the Pic column are from others sites and other photographers. Where the ones in the Name column are mine.
Sources
Loaches On-lineRefer to the The Picture Index for pictures alone.

Names
Pic
Ag
L
GH°
T
pH
Location
Botia almorhae
"Yellow-Fin Botia"
3
5
-
-
-
-
Botia beauforti
"
Beauforti's Loach" looks like a Tiger loach
-
5
81
H51
261
6.81
Thailand,
Java,Sumatra
Singapore2
Botia berdmore
Botis berdmori, Syncrossus berdmorei "Polkadot Botia"
5
-
-
-
-
-
Botia dario
Queen Loach, Botia macrolineata, Cobitis dario, "Bengal Loach"
-
3
41
H81
261
6.81
India
Botia eos
"Sun Loach"
-
4
2.52
-
-
-
Thailand2
Botia fasciata
Parabotia fasciatus, Botia multifasciata, Leptobotia intermedia....
4
-
-
-
-
-
Botia helodes
"Banded Loach" "Tiger Loach" `Tigerschmerle`
5
101
82
H121
261
7.01
Thailand,
Borneo,
Sumatra,2
Botia histrionica
Gold Zebra Loach, Botia hirdi, "Ladder Loach"
1
4
H8
26
6.8
India
Botia horae
"
Hora's Loach", "Skunk Loach"
4
41
H51
251
6.81
Thailand2
Botia hymenophysa
"Banded Loach" "Tiger Loach", "Striped Loach"
5
101
H121
261
7.01
Indonesia
Botia lecontei
"Red-Finned Loach" "Red-Tailed Blue Shark"
4
41
H41
261
6.7.01
-
Botia lohachata
Botia lochata, "Pakistani Loach" Yo Yo, `Netzschmerle` Reticulated loach
2
41
2.752
H51
281
6.81
India,
Pakistan
rivers2
Botia lucas bahi
"Barred Loach"
4
-
-
-
-
-
Botia macracanthus
Botia macranthus "Clown Loach" "Tiger Botia" `Prachtschmerle`
2
121
62
H81
241
7.01
Indonesia,
Borneo,
Sumatra2
Botia modesta
Botia rubripinnis "Orange-Finned Loach"
4
41
6.5
H31
281
6.61
Thailand,
VietNam'
Malaysia2
Botia morleti
Botia horae, "Hora's Loach", "Skunk Loach"
4
41
H51
251
6.81
-
Botia nebulosa
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia pulchra
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia robusta
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia rostrata
Botia geto(addolecent), "Ladder Loach", Sergeant Major Loach
2
4
H8
26
6.8
India
Botia rubipinnus
Botia pulchripinnis "Red-Finned Loach"
-
4
3
-
-
-
-
Botia rubrilabris
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia sidthimunki
"Dwarf Loach" "Chain Botia" `Zwergschmerle`
1
1.51
4
H31
241
7.51
Thailand2
Botia striata
Botia weinbergi, Botia strigata "Zebra Loach" "Striped Botia"
1
41
2.752
H81
251
6.81
India
brooks2
Botia superciliaris
3
5
-
-
-
-
Botia taenia
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia variegata
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Botia selangorica
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Parabotia sp.
-
-
-
-
-
-
Leptobotia sp.
-
-
-
-
-
-
Khulli loach
1
31
4
H81
271
7.01
Southeast Asia
Hillstream loach
Pseudogastromyzon sp.
-
1
21
H51
241
6.71
-
Weather Loach
Misgumus fossilis, "Dojo"
1
4.5
-
24
-
East Asia
Horsefaced Loach
Acanthopsis choirorhynchus
1
71
9
H81
291
7.01
Thailand


1 Dr. Axelrods Atlas, T.F.H, Axelrod, 9th Edition, 1997

2 Aquarium Fish of the World, Chronical Books, Sakurai, Sakamoto, Fumitoshi; 1990


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