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Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)


An unusual and mostly temperate water species from China, the Hifin Banded Shark or Loach is actually a relative of the North American suckerfishes. An algae grazer and herbivore, these fish are found in clear, well-oxygenated waters and will do best with some current. Due to their huge adult size, this fish is best suited for temperate ponds, and often kept with koi or goldfish.

Kubotai/Angelicus Botia (Botia kubotai)


One of the more attractive and peaceful species of Loach, the Angelicus or Kubotai Botia originates from the Salween River basin along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Like almost all species of Loach or Botia, they are social fish and best kept in groups of 5 or more. In the aquarium, they are hardy and relatively undemanding, and make for excellent pest snail control in planted tanks.

Rosy Loach (Petruichthys sp.) – Group of 5


A popular and active schooling species, the Rosy Loach is found in shallow waters throughout Eastern Myanmar where it occurs in large groups. An active, outgoing fish perfect for planted or nano aquariums, they are highly social and should be kept in groups of no less than 5 fish. They are constant grazers by nature, and have a fast metabolism so should ideally be fed more than once daily. An ideal community fish for a small aquarium, they should be kept with similarly sized peaceful species.

Royal Clown Loach (Leptobotia elongata)


The Royal Clown Loach or Imperial Flower Loach is the largest species of loach or botia in the world, originating in the subtropical waters of China's Yangtze River. An elongated species well adapted to life in fast-moving water, they are powerful swimmers which prefer strong current and well-oxygenated water in the aquarium. In the wild, they feed on worms, crustaceans, and other fish (including smaller loaches). They will readily hunt down and eat small tankmates so should be kept with similarly sized fish. As a cooler water species, they do best in an unheated tank with temperatures ranging from 55-74F.