Skunk Loach Care Guide

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Skunk Loach
(Yasuhikotakia morleti)

Common names: Skunk Loach, Hora's Loach, Skunk Botia.

Size: 10cm

pH: 6.0 -7.5

Tempº: 23ºC - 28ºC

Tank region: Bottom layer

Origin: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand.

Gender: Females are plumper.

Notes: This small loach is rather plain in terms of pattern, but still makes an excellent choice for a loach aquarium. Like most Loaches, the Skunk loach is a gregarious species that enjoys the company of it's own kind and thus should always be kept in a group.

The Skunk loach is well known for being incredibly feisty and active, but also relatively peaceful. However, as with most loaches the Skunk loach will eat snails and similar invertebrates! Skunk Loaches can be somewhat shy if not provided with adequate places to hide and retreat; thus it is important to have multiple caves in a Skunk Loach tank. Live plants can also help to create areas of cover for the fish. The Skunk Loach is a good community fish, and should get on well with most other peaceful community species.

This loach is primarily carnivorous, but will also eat vegetables. They should take most commercially available fish foods however. Overall this species makes an excellent bottom dweller for medium sized aquariums and communities.
Image: This is a young Skunk Loach, at around 5cm.
 

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