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Modestas

Posted By: offy
Date: Monday, 4 September 2000, at 7:42 p.m.

Hey, I've noticed over the past 2 weeks that my 3 botia modestas are spending a lot of time in their "dark" color. sometimes it's almost as deep as the black on the clowns. They're extremely active and all the loaches are spending time playing and eating at all levels of the tank (much to the chagrin of the 2 rasbora hets).

Just wondered about the modestas, as this is the most i have seen them darken and for the deepest and longest periods... is it "seasonal" in some sense? or teritorial?

and probably another duh question lol: is the modesta not as flexible as teh clown for structural/skeletal reasons? They don't seem arch themselves in the loach dance to the extent the clowns do.

(The only change in my tank environment is the hornwort which is now so tall that it is forming a canopy floating in