Dwarf Loach Sidthimunki

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Dwarf botia - Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki

Scientific name: Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki

Common name: Dwarf botia

Family: Botiidae

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.

Short Description

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.