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Dwarf botia - Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki
Scientific name: Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki
Common name: Dwarf botia
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 25 - 30 °C (77 - 86°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
The Dwarf botia is an omnivorous fish that prefers crustaceans, insects and worms. Algae should be incorporated into their diet to help with digestion.
There is no clear way of telling males from females except that females will appear pudgier than the males at sexual maturity.
There are no documented successes of breeding the Dwarf botia in the home aquarium. Artificial breeding in fish farms is used to keep this species in the aquarium industry.
This fish has the potential to live up to 10 years.
The Dwarf botia can be found in the river basins of Thailand.
Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki was thought to be extinct in the wild until they were rediscovered in Thailand. They are still considered an endangered species in the wild but the Dwarf botia is kept in the aquarium industry through fish farming.