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Zippers...........

Posted By: n/a
Date: Sunday, 29 June 2003, at 10:27 p.m.

I bought 6 cute little Zipper Loaches (Acanthocobitis botia, seems to fit all descriptions, fins colourless).

The Zippers seem to be pretty mellow in attitude, they seem to act sort of like Horseface loaches except less shy (and no hiding under the sand), often busy looking for food (like a acclamated Horseface). In contrast to the Schistura species that i've had (but did not try to keep in large groups), the Zippers don't seem to have formed much of a pecking order yet. The Schisturas always seem to have a different attitude, they like to sit on a rock, wait, and watch out for competitors, always ready for a token attack to put someone in their place. Even thou they seem to have similar characteristics, is there a behavioral difference?

do Zippers get feistier with maturity, or are they always pretty laid back?
do they suffer in warmer temps?