Burmese Loach (Botia histrionica)

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Burmese Loach

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Burmese Loach

Botia histrionica

132 Litres (35 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")




6.5 - 7.5

25 -29 °C (77-84.2°F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Burmese Loach, Golden Zebra Loach, Silver Striped Loach


These fish are difficult to sex visually, mature females may appear more broad in the abdomen. There are no known records of this fish being bred in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A sociable fish that should be kept in groups of at least 5 or 6. Will be peaceful towards other tank mates, but do not keep with delicate fish that may be bothered by this fish's active nature.


Will accept most foods including pellet and sinking wafers, will also take live/frozen food such as bloodworm and daphnia. These Loaches will eat small snails also (but will generally ignore tougher Malaysian Trumpet Snails).

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Prefers a spacious tank with plenty of hiding places in bogwood and rocks and does well in a planted tank. Provide a soft substrate such as rounded gravel or sand, sharp substrate may damage their delicate barbels.


A generally peaceful Loach that develops a hierarchy within their group, expect some disputes until a group is settled. May also be nocturnal until established in the tank. Having more hiding places will mean that you will see your Loach more as it will come out more due to it feeling safer.


Juveniles of this Loach can be mistaken for Botia kubotai, Botia almorhae and Botia rostrata, however, when this fish matures it develops a rich golden colour across the top parts of the body, different from other similar Loaches.


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