Originally Posted by Jwillis
Would the Botias be better with one of those? I really like the angelicus Botias and know I want them but which of the others mentioned would suit them better?
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I do have a group of Botia kubotai ("angelicus" loach) in my 90g, and I have a group of Boraras maculatus [near-identical to B. brigittae which I did have a while back) in another tank. I would not put these two together, simply because B. kubotai should have some space (they grow to five inches and need preferably a 4-foot tank) and the Boraras species get totally "lost" in such large tanks. I had this occur in a 4-foot 70g some time back. The larger loaches might find the Boraras attractive as food.
I have two of the "dwarf" species of loach [Yunnanilus cruciatus and Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki] in with my Boraras, and I've not seen any issues and all the Boraras are still present after more than a year now. I also have the coral red pencilfish in this tank, Nannostomus mortenthaleri, and this has been a superb combo. The intense red of the pencils matches the intense red of the Boraras, and among all the wood and plants they are fine together. This is a 3-foot 33g aquarium.