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Sinibotia spp.
March 24, 2011
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Matt
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These are quite sociable/peaceful right? What kind of interactions do they display comapred with other botiids?

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March 24, 2011
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Mine are usually swimming around together or hiding in tight crevices and caves together, yeah very placid/peaceful fish.

Mine go absolutely nuts at feeding time, its a wonder they get any food they race around so much.

March 25, 2011
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Thanks Mark. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> Do you think they'd munch smaller fishes or not?

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March 25, 2011
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I think they could take fry if they come across them, but I have had ruby barb fry and danio fry in their tank and they never seemed to bother them once they were visible and active.

March 27, 2011
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got one big yunk of „pulchra“ „used“ (14-15cm TL). This chap seems not that much trusting somehow and in order to feed, it races lake mad and as Mark already discribed above, it makes one wonder. It's trick to get underneath fish to pass and be faster, works with guys like Raphael cats, but the Alpha clown has developed a technique to teach the pulchra. The clown with a wedge-shape belly, found a way to lock the Sinibotia to the ground, that is some funny interaction. Other than that the sinibo's are just fine, very smart and entertaining, very peaceful at least towards other fish, I miss grouping amongst their own species (2 shipments 1+3). The larger one seems not to tolerate the younger ones that much. The 3 young ones are grown adult in the meantimeand and always have been relaxed toward each other.
I have threadfin-rainbows with them and the threads surprisingly are in order most of the time.
I have a bunch of botiids in this tank and until the large S.pulchra was added, I even had all my Amano shrimps living together peacefully with the large loaches, but that Sinibotia put an end to that idyll (the other loaches grew up with the shrimps).
They like to stay in tight plants and crevices also in my tank. They are a bit hard to fotograph, unless they decide occasionally to pose, than they even seem to enjoy that attention. During those outing-sessions they most likely postition themeself safely in tight crevice to feel safe. They are, like many other loaches, also night-active).

Typicall hiding in plants (the large and the new ones do that).

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the „used“ one still in the fish store

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March 28, 2011
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Cheers lads - do we know if this generally secretive behaviour extends to other members of the genus?

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March 31, 2011
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Oh for an easy genus to cover! I've just got the review of the genus from 1992 and Mark's fish pictured below appears to correspond to S. superciliaris rather than S. pulchra. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Reasoning: snout longer than post-orbital length of head (snout shorter than or equal to post-orbital in S. pulchra), absence of brown, vermiliform (worm-like) markings on sides of head (vs. present in S. pulchra).

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Compare with this image taken by HW Choy (comparitively shorter snout, presence of brown markings on head) which more closely matches the S. pulchra key given in the paper, as does the specimen pictured by Wolfram above:

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Opinions? Also if anyone wants the paper let me know. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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March 31, 2011
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That fish was a little stressed after been chased around the tank Matt, when its coloured normally the markings are there on the side of the head. I will sort a couple of fresh images out as I took some when they moved tank and I think in my group I may have 3 different species /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

April 1, 2011
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Ah really? Ok in that case I'll leave the pics attached to the S. pulchra profile for now.

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April 1, 2011
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I will sort out some pics next week Matt.

Can you send me the paper please

Ps thanks for the other papers you sent me, I havent had chance to look through them all yet.

April 1, 2011
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Sent. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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