|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.
"Beauforti's Loach" looks like a Tiger loach
Botis berdmori, Syncrossus berdmorei "Polkadot Botia"
Queen Loach, Botia macrolineata, Cobitis dario, "Bengal Loach"
Parabotia fasciatus, Botia multifasciata, Leptobotia intermedia....
"Banded Loach" "Tiger Loach" `Tigerschmerle`
Gold Zebra Loach, Botia hirdi, "Ladder Loach"
"Hora's Loach", "Skunk Loach"
"Banded Loach" "Tiger Loach", "Striped Loach"
"Red-Finned Loach" "Red-Tailed Blue Shark"
Botia lochata, "Pakistani Loach" Yo Yo, `Netzschmerle` Reticulated loach
Botia macranthus "Clown Loach" "Tiger Botia" `Prachtschmerle`
Botia rubripinnis "Orange-Finned Loach"
Botia horae, "Hora's Loach", "Skunk Loach"
Botia geto(addolecent), "Ladder Loach", Sergeant Major Loach
Botia pulchripinnis "Red-Finned Loach"
"Dwarf Loach" "Chain Botia" `Zwergschmerle`
Botia weinbergi, Botia strigata "Zebra Loach" "Striped Botia"
Misgumus fossilis, "Dojo"
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Last updated 07/23/02 JCD