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Kubotai Loach (Botia kubotai)
 Kubotai Loach
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Kubotai Loach (Botia kubotai)
Additional locales and sizes may be available!
Additional locales and sizes may be available!

Quick Stats


The body of the Kubotai Loach is tan and dark brown in coloration, and like other Botia loaches this fish can be identified by their four pairs of barbels protruding from the mouth area. The main color of the body of this Botia is dark brown, and the entire body and fins of this Loach is barred and spotted with tan markings, which gives this fish a very interesting look.

The Kubotai Loach is sometimes referred to as a scaleless fish they do in fact have small scales that are embedded in there skin. The Kubotai Loach is a peaceful fish that enjoys the company of its own species, or other peaceful bottom dwelling fish. It will school with others of the same age and size. The Kubotai 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.

The Kubotai Loach requires small amounts of food several times a day. Younger Loaches will eat most prepared foods while older ones may be more finicky. Feed them a varied diet of bloodworms, brine shrimp and a quality flake or pellet food.

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

Customer Testimonials

Shane Arthur Pasdena , TX
These fine fish are wonderful to own and raise. I have a loach tank, 110 gallon freshwater tank with an filstar xp3 canister filter and two powerheads, for extra gas exchange. My clowns and my botia angellicus fit right in together. You must have a closed tank, I left the back guard off and in the night and three tank mates jumped out at the same place. Always but loaches in three's. By stocking as such, you prevent pairing up to an extent, and also sets the stage for a community tank. These botia "angels" are friendly and will explore everything and every wherer they can. When loaches get sleepy, they ALL disapear! POOF cant find one of them, but the next day, its back to "dancing for food" wiggle they do. Buy three of these, in a large tank you can enjoy them for a long time to come.
J. Howe Florissant , MO
I have a trio of these gregarious outgoing mooches. After only one or two days in my tank they were eating out of my hand. They will eat just about anything, their favorites are freeze-dried tubifex and frozen blood worms, along with fresh vegetables (english cucumber, zucchini). These are a very active fish that don't consider any part of the aquarium off limits. Mine are in a planted community setup (40 breeder) with: White Clouds, Cardinal Tetras, Plecos, Schwartz Corys, & German Blue Rams. The tank also contains large driftwood and plenty of smooth stones creating lots of hiding places.
Steven Dreyer McAdoo , PA
Make sure water level in the tank is not high if you are using a hang on filter. I had one swim up stream of the over flow and die in the filter.
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