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Zipper Loach Fish [Nemacheilus Botia] Facts

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Zipper Loach Fish [Nemacheilus Botia] Facts

Zipper Loach Fish
Zipper Loach is one of the most beautifully colored and patterned of all the freshwater fish. It is loved for its bright colors and is one of the more outgoing loach personalities.

This fish is a common import and relatively easy to keep. They habitually sift sand through the gills, extracting microscopic foodstuffs from within it. Therefore, they should be provided with a soft substrate.

The zipper loach does well with water that has a current, so the use of a power head is recommended. A sandy or small gravel substrate is preferred because this species digs constantly. Caves, rocky outcroppings, and plants are favorite hiding places.

This loach has a very distinctive eye spot which does not go away with age. This is the number one way to determine if you have a true zipper loach or if you have Botia striata.

The two are very commonly mislabeled because they are so similar in appearance.

Zipper Loach Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Cypriniformes
Family Nemacheilidae
Genus Nemacheilus
Species N. Botia
Scientific Name Nemacheilus Botia

Where Are Zipper Loach Found?

Zipper Loach was a native species of South America.

What Do Zipper Loach Eat?

Zipper Loach are omnivorous animals. They have a varied diet of sinking algae wafers, sinking shrimp pellets, blood worms and tubifex worms.

Where Do Zipper Loach Live?

In the wild Zipper Loach was lives in freshwater such as river or lakes.

Fun Facts About Zipper Loach

  • Other Zipper Loach names are : Sand Loach, Mottled Loach, Spot Loach, Striped Loach.
  • Zipper Loach going to be one of the most favorite fish in tank because they have beautiful color and pattern.
  • The zipper loach likes an aquarium with lots of plants and other areas for retreat.