Yasuhikotakia lecontei

6. July 2007

From the watershed of the Mekong originates this circa 15 cm long getting loach. The name red finned loach is something misleading, since not all animals show this colouring in all stages of age. During their development they change colours and pattern. Young animals usually exhibit a pattern of stripes which disappears during ageing. In their homeland they inhabit running waters on a stony ground. For their maintenance it should be considered that Y. lecontei (formerly known as Botia l.) is predominantly active at dawn and night, thus sharp light should be avoided. Since they are very active swimmers, the aquaria should have a length of at least 1 m. The food should contain mostly meaty components, snails are a favoured delicacy. About their natural reproduction in captivity no information is present to us. Probably it has, as with the predominant number of loaches, not yet occured.(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Thailand, Vietnam, Mekong