Scientific name: Leptobotia taeniops (Suavage, 1878)
Common name: Chinese Loach
Synonyms: Cobitis cha-ny, Leptobotia taeniaps (mis-spelling), Parabotia taeniops, Botia purpurea, Leptobotia purpurea.
Sexual Dimorphism: Not known.
Maximum size: Not known.
Similar to: Other Leptobotia
Care: This family of fish are sub-tropical and live in fast to medium flow streams throughout China. They therefore appreciate current in their aquarium, good aeration and filtration.
Feeding: Easy to feed. Eagerly accepts all proprietary aquarium foods. Needs bulkier foods as it grows.
Water parameters: pH: 7.0- 8.0 . Hardness: Medium . Max dh:
Temperature: 68ºF to 75ºF (20-23.8°C)
Breeding: Not bred in aquaria.
Most of this family like to hide under rocks, so their aquarium should be furnished with lots of large pebbles and flat pieces of slate or other inert rock to provide multiple places for the fish to hide and provide security.
Leptobotia generally get quite large and have large mouths. they should therefore be kept with suitably sized fish as small fish may be eaten. Otherwize peaceful.
This specimen came in as a contaminant with a batch of Sinobotia pulchra.
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