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Angelicus botias, commonly referred to as polka-dot loaches, are extremely peaceful and live best in a community aquarium with fish of the same disposition. They are communal fish that do best when they are kept in small groups containing 3-6 loaches. Be sure to provide them numerous shelters for greater security. This generally makes them bolder. Like most bottom-dwellers the substrate should consist of a fine-grained or round-edged gravel.
Loaches either lack or have very tiny scales, which means they have almost no protection from toxic materials dissolved inthe aquarium. Avoid adding medications to the aquarium unless they are specifically recommended for "scaleless" fish.
OmnivoresThis means they will eat both plants and tiny, living creatures.
Staple dietChoose a tropical flake or sinking pellet fish food. Feed according to the directions on the packaging.
Specialty foodsVary their diet by including frozen or freezedried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.
AquariumMinimum aquarium size for smaller species of loaches is 10 gallons, but species that get over 4" long need an aquarium that's larger. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.
DÃ©corLoaches do best in aquariums that have lots of hiding places in the form of roots, driftwood and rockwork. In addition, place lots of hardy plants, such as vallisneria and java fern throughout.
Fish compatibilityLoaches can share their aquarium with other non-aggressive, tropical community fish.
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