Some botias, among them B. kubotai, are available only seasonal and for a quite short time per year. The very beautiful species B. kubotai originates from the Salween-tributary Ataran in the border region between Burma and Thailand. It becomes around 8-10 cm long, maximum length reported so far is 13 cm. This species is one of the most social species in the genus and should be kept under all circumstances in groups.
For our customers: the animals have code 401304 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
This extraordinary beauty is a real dwarf (maximum length around 2.5 cm). It originates from the southwestern province of Ranong in Thailand (which forms a border to Burma) and is now available in perfect quality. Initially this fish has been described in the genus Microrasbora, but has been transferred together with M. gatesi and M. nana in the new genus Microdevario in 2009.
The peaceful schooling fish is a perfect species for the so-called nano-aquaria. In the wild, they inhabit brooks and so they need clear, clean and oxygen-rich water. The temperature should be between 22°C and 26°C. Water chemestry is of no relevance as long as extremes are avoided.
One should keep in mind that the brilliant green stripe can be seen only when the light comes from ahead and arrange the illumination of the tank in an appropriate way.
For our customers: the fish has code 430892 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer