Zebra loach / Candy-stripe loach
Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Zebra loach, Candy-stripe loach|
|Scientific name:||Botia striata|
|Size:||Around 2.5" (6cm) in aquaria, larger in the wild.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, preferably with sand substrate.|
|Compatibility:||Usually peaceful in the community tank.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft to medium hard, slightly acidic to alkaline (pH 6.5-7.8)|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, will take most aquarium foods, supplement with live/frozen foods.|
This fish has a reputation as a great snail eater, and will include snails in its diet.
They are best kept as a small group which tends to make them more active, and can be kept with other peaceful loach species.