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Lohachata Botia Loach
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Lohachata Botia Loach (Botia lohachata)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-86° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.0-7.5
Origin India
Family Cobitidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Lohachata Botia Loach, sometimes referred to as the Yoyo or Pakistani Loach. These fish can be identified by their four pairs of barbels, protruding from the mouth area, along with their silvery/gold coloration with black irregular striping.

The Lohachata Botia Loach is sometimes referred to as a scaleless fish they do in fact have small scales that are embedded in their skin. The Lohachata Botia Loach is an active scavenger that is a semi-aggressive fish that enjoys the company of its own species, or other semi-aggressive fish. It will school with others of the same age and size. The Lohachata Botia Loach appreciates caves, holes, and other places to hide, especially when it sleeps. Because it originates from streams, it requires water currents in the aquarium.

The breeding habits of this species are not known, and successful captive breeding has yet to be recorded.

Botia lohachata requires small amounts of food several times a day. Younger Lohachata Botia Loaches will eat most prepared foods while older ones may be more finicky.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Dave S Norwich , CT
After changing my aquarium size from 29 to 55 gallons, I introduced a Yo-Yo Loach into my tank. He was quick to adapt to his new surroundings. He is now almost 3 inches long and is a fish to watch. His demeanor is quiet, but very active. I recommend this fish to all who like bottom feeders.
Barbara B Morganville , NJ
Don't even hesitate to consider purchasing this amazingly beautiful, active, animated fish. I purchased three and now wish I had more. They race all over the tank, chasing each other, dancing with the live plants and entertaining both young and old. Highly recommended!
Daryn G Westerville , OH
I love my Yo-Yos! These guys are the aquatic version of kittens. They play, hide, chase, and sleep in piles - on their sides. They're great fun to watch no matter what they're doing. I gave my yoyos a pile of split, scraped, cut, and drilled coconut shells and they immediately moved in. I always see little loach faces sticking out of the "windows" in their coconut village.
Dave S Norwich , CT
I have two Yo-Yo Loaches and they are the funniest fish that I have ever owned. They swim upside down, sideways and are always chasing other fish for the fun of it! A great fish for the community tank and a must for a beginner tank!
Bill H Hagerstown , MD
I have 4 yo yo's, they were in my big tanks. Now they're in a little tank by themselves. They are very active fish and do a great job cleaning the plants. My only thing is that I caught mine eating all my baby mollies. So for now they're out in another tank. They're definitely comical and the colors are awesome.
Richard D Bridge City , TX
Excellent fish for keeping pest snail population down to zero. Sometimes prone to jump out though when flying through the water so fast.
Trevor W Ocean Park , WA
Terrific Fish! Get one. They are great! I have had mine for 5 months now and he is still happy and healthy. He loves to burrow in the gravel and gets along fine with my Kuhlii loaches and even shares his cave with them. He is pretty active and will eat anything I feed him. I highly recommend this cool little fish.
Quinten P Springfield , MO
These loaches are awesome! They are very active. They help a lot by cleaning up the food that sunk to the bottom. They get along fine with my rams and pleco. They eat everything. I feed it shims pellets, but he waits untill they are soft and falling apart and then he eats the small pieces. They are great fish. I would recommend them to anybody.
Miguel A Miami , FL
I accidentally bought a Pakistani Loach, not being too familiar with their habits. Final Conclusion: AWESOME Fish! I can relate to what others posted on this fish's habits. Mine sleeps on a plant hammock, right side up (First time I saw him I thought he was dead!) Mine will position himself to look at me directly. They can be aggresive! But worth building your tank around them.
Thomas O Orange , CA
Have 7 of them in a 135 with several other Loaches/Botias (6 Clowns, 5 Shunk, 6 Striatas, 3 RF Grey). Always a party going on!
Marlys M Carson , ND
I highly recommend the "yoyo" loach. They are most entertaining and full of surprises. They are easy to care for and eat most everything. I love my loaches!
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