Animal Stories - Polka Dot Loach

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The Burmese Border Loach is a more recent "polka dot" beauty that's curious and friendly with its aquarium keeper!
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Shawn Walsh Arey - 2014-07-26
I have two large tanks and over the years I have bought nine botias that were sold as Botia Kubotai (polka dot botias). It turns out five are polka dots, three are histrionicas, and one is a botia I have never seen before. It is in-between the size of an polka dot and a yo-yo. Approximately, 4 ½ inches. It’s coloring is almost black with a pattern in a dark grey with one small yellow area. It snout is shorter like the polka dot, not as long as the yo-yos. Anybody have any ideas? I’ve searched everywhere and I can’t find one that looks like it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Can you upload some pictures of it?
Theresa Corbett - 2014-11-04
We have a pair of Polka Dot Loaches that we have had for a while now. We are quite new to keeping an aquarium and apart from a near mishap with medication our loaches have coped with whatever we have thrown at them and are currently the only residents in our tank. They are lovely looking fish and can be very playful.

Ike - 2012-12-29
Hey, anyone have advice on keeping marble loaches? I need feeding, habitat, and tankmate information.-----------Help!

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  • Joel - 2013-03-26
    Hello Ike, though this is an older question, thought I'd throw my 2cents in. We feed our BBL's Hikari sinking wafers, Cobalt shrimp pellets, and Omega One veggie rounds as their main diet. We also make sure they get snails often, and seedless cucumber as a treat. We also feed them frozen bloodworms and mysis and brine shrimp as treats. You really should consider getting a larger tank before they get bigger, maybe a 40g long ? you'll want to provide hiding places galore for any of the Botia loaches, and it's good to have some 'dither fish' as tankmates. The dithers give your loaches the 'all clear' to come out of hiding. If you only have 3 loaches, the alfa loach may pick on the others and they will be stressed constantly. I really would suggest 5 as a minimum. As far as tank mates, we've done well with peaceful tetras. We have 6 full grown diamond tetras in our loach tank, with 7 BBL's, and 7 Clowns. Just make sure your tank revolves around your loaches needs first. We are currently running 1 big canister filter, 2 'hanger' filters, and a 750gph powerhead. You really need to be turning your tank water over 10-15 times an hour for loaches as they do need pristine water. We've been doing 30-50% water changes every 1-2 weeks. Loaches can survive with less maintenance, but they won't be happy, and probably won't live a full life. They are also much more entertaining. Hope this helps.
dennis donato - 2009-07-22
Hi, I just bought my first 10 gallon aquarium tank and I have 1 kissing gourami, 1 blue gourami (who by the way is very terratorial), 1 tri-color shark, and 1 algea eater. What other fresh water fish could I get for my tank. P.S. My fishs are about 2 1/2 to 3 inch. long.

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  • Lori Henson - 2012-04-21
    Hi Dennis. I have always heard to stock your aquarium 1 inch of fish to 1 gallon. When counting fish inches you should consider their adult length. You are probably at your max.
  • Ike - 2012-12-29
    I agree. In my aquarium, which is ten gallons and was setup not long ago, I have only one Marble Loach (plan on getting two more) that is about one inch long and a two inch long Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami.
kathy - 2007-01-15
I was amazed when I saw these guys in person! The color was so much brighter than the picture here...I brought two of them home, and added to the tank with 2 clown loaches, 3 koi angels, 2 white tetras and a black ghost fish, and lastly a golden dojo!
They fit in at once, and began playing by nightfall. A joy to watch, they circle each other, and are very active...still am amazed by the beautiful black/brown and bright gold colors they have.

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  • Ike - 2012-12-28
    I just got one of these and they are absolutley amazing! Mine is quite small at a little less than an inch long. These are the absolute best loaches.
Tasha - 2011-12-12
Hi, I have recently reserved 2 of these to start off, but on discovery that these snack on fish of 3-4 inches I'm wondering about the compatability! Would they be suitable for my 60l tank? I have 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 Rosy Barbs, 2 small Angels, 2 Zebra Danios, 1 Rummy Nose Tetra (will be getting 3more), and 3 Black Neon Tetras-these i fear for. Perhaps I'd be better off with Corys or is there a loach you could recommend that would suit my variety? Cheers

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  • Bryan - 2012-03-06
    To answer your question:
    They don't eat fish unless they are under 3/4th of an inch, not 3 to 4 inches!
    Plus, if they are well fed they won't even bother the tiniest of fish.
    They really need a large group of 4 or more, and therefore need a tank of at least 30 gallons.
    I would recommend the dwarf chain loach, kuhli loaches, dojo loaches and perhaps a solitary skunk loach for a tank of your size.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-06
    Should be fine. If you plan on breeding your fish the loach will eat the fry.
JT - 2008-04-13
I have 7 of these in a heavily planted 50 breeder with 3 weather loaches, a Nemacheilus masyae, a bristlenosed pleco, and 8 red eye tetras as dithers. I originally has a single one that I purchased with a 20 gallon tank, and gave him 4 companions when I moved him to the 50 with 5 yoyos. This made the BBLs quite shy, and even after removing the yoyos to a 75, I rarely saw the BBLs until I purchased 2 more to add to the shoal. Now, though they are still a bit skittish, they are much more often out and about in the front of the tank.

An interesting behavior I noticed when I was taking the tank down to move it - the BBLs would swim to wherever the pleco was hand hide under his pectoral fins.

Regardless of their year of shyness, these are some of the most beautiful fish I own.

cara - 2007-06-12
Hi! Beautiful species, i have 3 burmese borders, 2 yo-yo, and 3 dojos all juvies (only about 1 1/2") and they are new to my community tank but to witness their dance is so cute. The biggest one is named peek-a-boo because he loves to play peek-a-boo with me. he comes right up to me in tank and when i move forward he moves back when i move back he comes foreward...very entertaining.
My dojos feed by hand and im trying to introduce this to borders but no success, probably still too young.