Brackish water aquarium fish

All of the rivers of the world ultimately contribute their water to the sea. In this region there are extremes of salinity, temperature, and biological tolerance. Fish that live in this zone are called “brackish” to reflect their tolerance of a wide range of salinity’s. …Brackish water aquarium fish»»

Polka Dot Loach Profile

Polka Dot Loach, Botia kubotai

A relatively recent discovery, Botia kubotai, sometimes known as the Polka Dot Loach, hails from fast flowing waters in Myanmar. It can be kept with most community fish, although very tiny or long-finned varieties are probably best avoided. It is a fairly peaceful species, although squabbles do sometimes break out between individuals within the shoal, or with other Botia species of similar markings sharing the same tank. However, no significant damage usually arises. No two fish share exactly the same colour pattern, and these markings change as the fish matures. …Polka Dot Loach Profile»»

Yo-yo Loach Profile

Yo Yo Loach, Botia lohachata

Botia almorhae (formerly known as Botia lohachata) is a white colored fish with black markings along its body more-or-less in alternating shapes of ‘Y’ and ‘O’ earning it the popular international common name of Yo-Yo Loach.As they age, their markings transform into a more reticulated pattern. …Yo-yo Loach Profile»»

10 Tips for Caring for Barbs, Danios & Rasboras

Barbs, Danios and Rasboras all belong to the minnow family, Cyprinidae. Here are 10 tips to keep them healthy in an aquarium setting.

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Burmese Border Loach Profile

Family:Botiidae

Botiidae is a mainly Southeast Asian family of cypriniform ray-finned fishes. Recently placed in the true loach family Cobitidae, in 2012 M. Kottelat revised the loaches and re-elevated this taxon to family rank. …Burmese Border Loach Profile»»

Clown Loach Profile

The clown loach is one of the most readily available fish in the aquarium trade for freshwater aquariums. It’s bright orange and black striped body brings color to any tank. Being a peaceful fish, the clown loach gets along with almost any tank mate.

Chromobotia macracanthus, commonly known as the Clown Loach, is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the botiid loach family. It is the sole member of the Chromobotia genus. …Clown Loach Profile»»

Clown knife fish (Notopterus chitala) can grow to 36 – 40 inches

The Clown Knife Fish has to be one of the strangest looking freshwater tropical fish available in the hobby. With its elongated head, huge underslung jaw and humped back, it definitely doesn’t appeal to all. But for all its odd looks, these fish have great personalities and are amazing to watch gliding around the tank at night. …Clown knife fish (Notopterus chitala) can grow to 36 – 40 inches»»

Bengal Loach Profile

Bengal Loach, Botia dario

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Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

As you can see from the photograph, the Achilles Tang is very distinctive with its black body, large bright orange spot, and other white and orange markings. It is hard to mistake this fish for any other. …Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)»»

Zebra Loach Profile

Botiids typically have a more or less arched back, with a pointed snout of intermediate length. …Zebra Loach Profile»»

Skunk Loach Profile

Family: Cobitidae (Botiidae)

The Skunk Loach was formerly classed in the Botiidae family. Botiidae is a mainly Southeast Asian family of cypriniform ray-finned fishes. Recently placed in the true loach family Cobitidae, in 2012 M. Kottelat revised the loaches and re-elevated this taxon to family rank.

Botiids typically have a more or less arched back, with a pointed snout of intermediate length. …Skunk Loach Profile»»

Graying Out color phase in clown loaches

More physical bumping and biting.

Clown loaches are able to change their coloration based on mood, aggression, possibly stress and other factors, sometimes for prolonged periods. This is referred to as “graying out” and often occurs during mock fights between Clowns.

These fights, which are referred to as “sparring”, are used to determine the natural pecking order within a group of clownfish. Serious injuries can, but seldom do,  occur as a result of these “fights” which are more often than not just bluffing behaviour. …Graying Out color phase in clown loaches»»