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  • #299823

    Reva
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    It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, but after looking around I found some Botia histrionica, popular name here, golden burma loaches. Purchased them for the tank with the snail explosion, and they already have the snails well reduced. While in the LFS, I also saw some kind of hillstream type loach with the popular name Sumo Loach. It looked like a Dojo loach..not sure the scientific names on these guys , but I thought they were cool water fish rather than tropical. anyone know what these little guys are? they have rosy faces, greenish body, and long koolie loach shape. the LFS guy says people report that they get “nippy” if they dont get enough frozen meat foods or live foods. what do you experts say?

    #310645

    mickthefish
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    on the histrionica you won’t be dissapointed they are great fish to have, on the sumo loach it could one of two fish as there’s a cf balteata.
    the balteata is not as brightly coloured as the cf, just to make sure it’s that fish could you take a pic of one of them. btw they are territorial but very rare will they cause any injuries.

    mick

    #310648

    mickthefish
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    here’s a pic of one of mine Reva, these are the cf balteata’s.

    mick

    #310652

    Reva
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    QUOTE (mickthefish @ Oct 2 2008, 10:09 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    here’s a pic of one of mine Reva, these are the cf balteata’s.

    mick

    thanks Mick! they look very similar to yours , but not exact. I dont have a pic because I didnt purchase them “cold turkey” (I always look up the fish before i buy it). the ones in the store have the same body shape exactly. but the faces are kinda pink (color of a pale kribesis tummy), and the body light pea green. dorsal has spots, but I dont remember any orange hash marks on the body. hmmmmmmm?????

    #310653

    mickthefish
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    was there two black bars,? if they did they are balteata.

    mick

    #310657

    Matt
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    Here’s one of my old cf. balteatas for comparison:

    #310658

    Reva
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    nearly midnight here, and I finally have time to log back in. Yes Matt, I think those look about right. I will go back tomorrow and look again. They are very small, so perhaps juvenile coloring is different? It is with botia…perhaps the greenish body color is just the greying out of stress in a store environment. The darker stripes look correct and the body type, but the face isnt pink in any of these photos. How big are the fish in both of your pictures? Mick’s fish older?

    if this is the correct little fellow, how naughty is it about biting gills etc.? I noted that the fish in the store did not stay on the bottom, but were “following” each other around….

    #310662

    Mark Duffill
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    There can be quite a variation in the cf balteata, here are some of mine which were under 2″ when I got them:



    I have mine in with small rasboras, cherry barbs and other Botia’s and they are fine as long as they have plenty of hiding places

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    dunc
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    QUOTE (Matt @ Oct 3 2008, 12:53 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Here’s one of my old cf. balteatas for comparison:


    I actually think those guys are my favourite loach, looks-wise. They’re stunning creatures. Did you say they weren’t overly active though Matt?

    #310671

    David Marshall
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    Hey

    The balteata I had, as these were housed with me for a few weeks while a fellow aquarist repaired a leaking aquarium, were shy until feeding time when they became extremely active and would rush around like little demons to mop-up flake and granular foods.

    Although I put myself in ‘hot water’ I think it is right to add that there has been much talk, around the showing circuit, that although these fish seem to be not troubled by whitespot themselves aquaria in which they are housed have suffered from ‘unexplained’ outbreaks of this problem with the only common factor that, after quarantine, Sumo loaches had been the last fish added.

    Regards David

    #310677

    Matt
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    QUOTE (dunc @ Oct 3 2008, 10:53 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Did you say they weren’t overly active though Matt?

    Mine tended to stay hidden until feeding time but then went nuts! They seemed to prefer food that was moving in the water column and actually fed in midwater. Have you seen the Schistura sp. “crimson” mate? That is arguably a better-looking fish imo.

    #310679

    mickthefish
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    you ain’t in hot water with me matey, it sounds more like a freak accident that the last fish added was balteata bud.
    i’ve not had any problems with them and i think Mark, Graeme, Matt and Andy will say the same.

    mick

    #310684

    Mark Duffill
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    I haven’t had any troubles with them, in fact their tank is probably the only one that I have had no bother with in years (touching vast amounts of wood as I type

    #310711

    David Marshall
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    Hey Lads

    Your posts make good reading.

    Regards David

    #310803

    Reva
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    Thanks guys! I knew you would know about these little guys. The LFS owner couldnt find them in his books, and I said, “dont worry, my club guys will know!”

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