Modest Loach (Yasuhikotakia modesta)

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Modest Loach

Modest Loach

Yasuhikotakia modesta

208 Litres (55 US G.)

22.9-25.4cm (9-10 ")




6.0 - 7.2

24 -30 °C (75.2-86°F)

2-8 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Orange Finned Loach, Blue Loach, Redtail Botia, Modest Loach, Blue Botia

Additional scientific names

Botia modesta, Botia rubrippinis


Females generally plumper all over than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Should only be kept with similar sized robust fish. Should be kept in groups of 4 or more. If kept with smaller fish, there's a chance they will be eaten.


Is effective in keeping snail populations under control. Will eat a variety of foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Will dig in the substrate, so small gravel or sand is best, not suitable for planted tanks. Will need hiding places.


A highly territorial fish within its own group and will set up a hierarchy. Though it can be peaceful, just avoid smaller fish.


A heavy-set Loach with a similar body shape to the Clown Loach. The body is pale blue in colour and all fins are orange-red, although yellow-finned variations have been seen which can be mistaken for Yasuhikotakia lecontei.


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