Animal Stories - Redtail Botia

Animal-World Information about: Redtail Botia

The Redtail Botia is an attractive and popular loach, a favorite species for many aquarists!
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Tony Holmes - 2014-03-21
I have 2 red tail botias in with my African Chiclids. They hold their own so they don't get messed with too much. But I noticed them shimmy and shaking today and one keeps rolling over on its side when it's next to the other one. I read they haven't bred in captivity yet so I'm not sure what all that's about.

Andrew Wallace - 2012-07-22
I have 9 - 5 ' Redtail Botia's ?, that seem to be doing a breeding dance . The Dominent male does this wierd shake beside 3 of the ? females. I have them in a 175 gallon tank. They are very happy full of energy fish, but this dance just started today, It really is interesting!!! I wish I had a tripod to tape?. Any one ever have these loaches breed?, or Please do U think this is a matting dance ?. Thanks

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  • Andrew Wallace - 2012-07-22
    Also I have in the tank , other fish !!! I have 6-4-6 ' parrot fish, 2 red spooted orange severns 6', 1-5' clown loach, a 4' datinoid, and a 5' lemon Oscar, If they keep this dance up, I will remove any harmfull fish , Anyone ????Thanks ????
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    Here is a link on U tube for the skunk botia breeding - I would assume that the Redtails would be a similar dance.  Music is good.  You can watch and determine if courting behavior.  
Dillon - 2011-10-30
I love these guys! I got 3 of them about 2weeks ago. idk if mine are just special or what but I have lots of bottom feeders and they arent agressive at all. Really cool fish. I reccomend them

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-30
    Redtail Botia are a personal favorite of mine! They are interesting little bottom feeders! Some are semi aggressive, while others are not. Fish, are individuals, such as humans.
david - 2011-06-12
Could I keep a Clown Knifefish in a 55 gallon aquarium? The tank will have subdued lighting and be lightly planted with cryptocorne, Java Fern and Java Moss. There will be numerous hiding places created by bogwood and rocks. I would also like to add a Red-tailed Black Shark, among other Southeast Asian fish. Would this work out?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    It doesn't sound like a real good idea. The shark fish tail would eaily fit into the Knifefish mouth and the Knifefish can grow to 11 pounds. Clownfish are the quieter of the two and usually don't cause problems but will eat anything they can fit in their mouth. But the sharks are agressive and could tease or want territory and there would be the problem.
Andrea - 2011-04-04
We have a community tank with 7 long-finned rosy barbs, 2 dojo loaches (one golden/albino), 1 pictus catfish, 1 long-nosed whiptail, 3 gold gouramis, and 2 blue/red-finned botias. We have had all but the gouramis and botias for 2 months now, the botias and gouramis being a new addition in the last 2 weeks. For the first few days, the botias stayed hidden, even at night when the light was out. Now they are very much active at night and make several appearances throughout the 'day' too/when the light is on. We have noted in the past 2 days red marks/dots on our golden dojo loach - my guess is the botias have become aggressive with him at night when the lights are out as he is 'easier' to see in the dark than our other fish..... Thoughts? Comments? We lost a larger dojo loach a few days ago due to what we thought may have been 'nighttime' aggressive as well, though this loach had a habit of getting himself in places too small for him - we noted a long gash on his top 'side' near the tail.

Bill C. - 2011-03-30
I recently bought one red tail botia and added him to my community tank- three 3 1/2" gouramis, six rasboras, pictus cat, three corys. He's started swimming next to the gouramis and looks like he's nibbling or sucking on their skin. Weird! Has anyone seen this or heard of it before? Would one or two more botia's help? Help!

Gerianne - 2011-02-14
I have a deep blue, almost purple one - referred to on purchase as a "Purple passion botia loach". We have affectionately named him "Leo the lustfish". He is beautiful! He loves to hide in the log we have in our 20 gallon tank, and corrals all sinking wafer and pellet food, sucking it up and bringing it back into his log. He lies frequently on his side, definitely giving the appearance of death! He is 17 years old!
Unfortunately, he now has some kind of health issue, with a 90-degree kink in his lower body/tail, and has begun to develop an open sore where the bend is. I'm afraid he's not long for this world. I wish there was a way to help him, but he's never done well in treated water of any kind - likely because of his unique "skin-like" scaling - he has a habit of jumping out of the tank - has done so many, many times! This fish has many lives!
After 17 years, I've grown attached to Leo, and will miss him when he goes. This breed of fish is a pleasure to have in a home tank!

2rivers - 2010-12-18
Mine is about a decade old now & 7" long. I wouldn't say its blue, cuz since I've had modesta his color has gone from blueish-gray to a very dark slate color, almost black. I have dark gravel& lots of slate, he's adopted almost the exact color of his fav. slate hideout. Buy the natural color, don't buy dyed "blueberry or rasberry Botia" cruel.

Julio Perez - 2008-03-26
I have a bright orange tailed, light blue botia. I bought two in '92,
a blue and a pink one, and it's now 2008 and the blue is still alive. That's 16 years. The pink one died about 4 years ago. It was highly hassled into submission by the blue one to the point that I think it starved. They both sleep on their side, giving the appearance of death. Since their colors faded from bright blue and bright pink, I assume they were dyed. I have been looking for the name of this species and have never found them in any shop. They permanently live under a large rock and burrow, messing up the undergravel filter, especially when I have other large fish/turtles in the tank. I had to move the turtle out for fear of it eating the 16 year old. I could never tell what sex they were. They looked the same.

Paula - 2007-08-31
I have an orange finned loach that is a beautiful bright blue. I named him Blue when I got him over 12 years Ago. I never thought any of my fish would live that long, I have several other fish that I purchased with him that are still alive too. Blue has so much personality and I love that he has eyelids. He lays in a great big log with only his head inside (usually) and his body sticking out. He looks like a dog in a dog house. When I feed my fish algae wafers, he will dart out and collect several and take them into the log before the plecostomus can get them all. About five years ago I went from a 55 gal tank to a 150 and bought a couple of orange and black loaches. About a year ago one of them (I guess) outgrew the log he had stayed in and moved in with Blue. I love my fish!