Sand Loach

Other Sand Loach Names: Sand Loach, Mottled Loach, Spot Loach, Striped Loach, Zipper Loach

Sand Loach Scientific Name: Acanthocobitis botia, Botia nebulosa, Cobitis botia, Nemacheilus botia, Nemacheilus botia botia, Nemachilus botia, Nemachilus mackenziei

Zipper Loach (Acanthocobitis botia))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 6.8-7.5
Hardness Range: 20-25°

Family: Balitoridae

Species Type: Asian Loaches/Catfish

Sand Loach Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Sand Loach Life Expectancy: 5 years

Sand Loach Habitat: Asian Rivers

Sand Loach Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Sand Loach Temperament: Peaceful community fish.

Sand Loach Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Mainly bottom feeders which will appreciate a varied diet of sinking algae wafers, sinking shrimp pellets, blood worms, tubifex worms, etc. Will eat most commercial foods that are offered and will even with time eat from the top of the tank and the middle, even though it highly prefers to bottom feed.

Sand Loach Description: The zipper loach does well with water that has a current, so the use of a powerhead is reccomended. A sandy or small gravel substrate is preferred because this species digs constantly. Caves, rocky outcroppings, and plants are favorite hiding places. This loach has a very distinctive eye spot which does not go away with age. This is the number one way to determine if you have a true zipper loach or if you have Botia striata. The two are very commonly mislabeled because they are so similar in appearance.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other community fish.

Sand Loach Breeding & Spawning: Breeding can be accomplished by experienced aquarists. Known triggers are large water changes and minor pH changes. They lay the eggs in a hidden spot and leave them. Parents may eat the eggs, and will not guard them; so the eggs or parents should be removed.

Determining Sand Loach Sex: No known method to sex this species visually.

Aquarium Region: Bottom.

Sand Loach Diseases: None specific to species.

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