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Homicidal Botias?

Posted By: Tim Gibson <funcrew@yahoo.com>
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2001, at 9:12 a.m.

I found a few assorted Botias at my LFS and bought the tank - to put in several of my tanks. The carnage started right away. In a planted 10-gallon, the population was:

6 glowlight tetras
9 ghost shrimp
3 corydoras aenus
2 Botia helodes (I think)
2 Botia hymenophysa (I think)

The first morning after the Botias came home, several empty shrimp shells were floating in the tank. OK, no big loss, and who doesn't like shrimp?

Then, maybe 3-4 days later, a glowlight tetra who had been full of eggs was found floating, with her belly torn open like that scene in Alien. All the rest of the glowlights are in good health, though cowering in fear in one corner. The tank ammonia and nitrites are 0, nitrates are 5ppm. All the fish look healthy.

Also, one of the B. Helodes had his gill cover tor