Golden Zebra Loach 金斑马鳅
The Golden Zebra Loach is a less common species in the aquarium hobby, but it is very in-demand due to the incredible "labyrinth" coloration that it develops as an adult!
The Golden Zebra Loach (Botia histrionica), also known as the Burmese or Silver Striped Loach, is native to India and throughout Myanmar. As a juvenile, this species looks somewhat similar to the Yo Yo Loach (Botia almorhae), but is a distinctly different species. It is a very active, inquisitive fish that is very gregarious in nature. As it matures, its black and gold coloration develops into a more complex, labyrinth-like pattern. It is compatible with many other fish and plants as well.
The Golden Zebra Loach is an omnivorous species requiring a diet of meaty foods regularly supplemented with vegetable and fruit matter. It will often accept high quality dry foods, but its diet should also include regular offerings of live/frozen meaty foods of invertebrate origin. It also eats a fair amount of vegetable or fruit matter, so these items should be offered in sparing amounts on a regular basis. There are some reports that the Golden Zebra Loach may occasionally eat soft leaf plants, so care should be taken to observe this fish when adding it to an aquarium with such plants. It is not known to bother more durable plants with heavier leaves, such as Anubias, Java Fern, Moneywort, and most mosses, among many other plants. In most cases, the Golden Zebra Loach will not do significant damage to well-established plants in a larger aquarium as long as it is well-fed, including regular, but sparing vegetable and fruit matter in its diet.
The Golden Zebra Loach is a truly entertaining highlight of the aquarium under the right conditions. Its personality, appearance, and activity make it a truly exceptional species that is beloved in the aquarium hobby.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Vivid black reticulated pattern over gold body coloration, especially as an adult
- Incredibly bold and active fish that almost never stops swimming and foraging
- Adaptable to a wide range of water parameters
- Very active in middle and lower levels of the aquarium
- Excellent candidate for many planted aquariums
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 22° - 28° C. Care should be exercised to maintain high dissolved oxygen levels at the higher end of this temperature range.
- pH: 6.0 – 7.5
- KH: 2 - 10 dKH
- Diet: Omnivore. Live and frozen meaty foods, especially frozen foods such as cyclops, Daphnia, Artemia, Tubifex, and bloodworms will all be readily accepted. High quality dry foods are also likely to be accepted. Some plant and fruit matter, such as cucumber, zucchini, blanched spinach, and melon should also be offered.
- Social behavior: MUST be kept in schools of 6-8+ specimens. This species exhibits complex schooling behavior and will often become withdrawn or aggressive when kept by solitary or in smaller groups.
- Origin: Myanmar, India
- Average adult size: 4.3 – 5.1 inches (11 - 13 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)