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Twelve-Bar loach

Posted By: Nautilus Aquarium Shop <klangley@rmi.net>
Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2000, at 5:30 a.m.

I just received a batch of 15 "red lip twelve bar loaches" from Hong Kong. From the pics in the species index they appear to be Botia (Sinibotia) longiventralis, about 3" long. Does anyone have any experience or information on these? They hide in loach-heaps and love tubifex, from which I can deduce...well...that they are in fact loaches. But how big do they get? Do they play well with others? When customers ask about these things, it's nice to be able to give them an answer, so any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

(By the way, they don't have red lips, and the number of bars varies from about 9 to nearly 20, so they need a better common name!)

Oh, if you want any, I think they are around $6-$7 each.