06-07-2011, 11:43 AM
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Be very cautious using any "common" name, such names are often only common to specific countries; and suppliers and stores frequently make up names to sell fish better.
Even scientific names can be uncertain though, since we are relying on the collector and/or importer to correctly identify the fish in the case of wild caught, which most of the loaches will be. And as noted in our profile of Botia histrionica, this species is similar to others. I regularly (once or twice yearly) see Botia kubotai which is almost identical, but never B. histrionica.
As these are wild caught, their availability will often be seasonal. If you can find a good fish store near you that regularly imports wild-caught fish, you might have a better chance of finding these. Alternatively, there are fish suppliers online; I have never used them, since most are in the US and importing into Canada while certainly possible does have delays and airport issues, so I don't bother.