skunk botia issue
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Cyprinids and Atherinids » skunk botia issue

skunk botia issue

This is a discussion on skunk botia issue within the Cyprinids and Atherinids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> have a 55 galon, with 11 skunks, 7 lohachata botias. rest of tank is feeder guppies. i bought 6 otto cats for a slight ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Kuhli Loach
Kuhli Loach
Angelicus Loach
Angelicus Loach
Old 06-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
skunk botia issue

have a 55 galon, with 11 skunks, 7 lohachata botias. rest of tank is feeder guppies. i bought 6 otto cats for a slight algae issue, put them in 2 week quaranteen, added them to tank, the skunks were like sharks, swarmed em ate em. like within 5 minutes. the tank is heavily planted and heavily rocked plenty of hiding spaces.really heavily. dont want to rip evwerything out but never thought skumks would be that aggressive. Dont want a pleco or algae eater , is there anyhting that can withstand a skunk assault and thrive on the algae issue im having? its only on wood not on glass or rocks. I have 6 pieces of mopni and one giant soft piece of pine (aged im 42 been using it since i was a kid) about 4 feet by 6 inches thick at most. All the wood has a slight green grwoth on it . I do water changes every 3 days, ph is always over 8.0, very hard water. Im on a well. while i kmow i should try and find the issue of the algae problem, its an established tank of over 4 years. aside from the otto nothing has changed aside from the algae, filters are 2 aquaclear 500s and a powerhead on sponge filter in bottom of tank. No nitrate, no ammonia. Are skunks this aggressive by nature?
vicdad999999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
jaysee's Avatar
Yes, skunk loaches are normally that aggressive.

There are A LOT of loaches in that tank......
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
Byron's Avatar
Agree, you can read more in the profile, click on Botia hora. The GH and pH can also ipact behaviours, making aggression worse.

I am rather surprised the Botia almorhae [this is the correct name for what was once known as Botia lohachata as it explains in our profile] is not being targetted. That could happen.

Plants are not mentioned, but if there are no plants, I would let the algae go; it is not harmful and achieves what plants do, though much less significantly than plants, and that is using nutrients and producing oxygen.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Tank Mates! - Skunk Cory (Corydoras Arcuatus) Reece Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 12-23-2011 06:02 PM
Botia striata or Botia kubotai mkirby258 Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 10-11-2008 09:14 AM
question about pink skunk clown and anemone petgod Saltwater Fish 3 08-13-2008 07:54 PM
Skunk Loaches-My Biggest Mistake Yet! Lupin Cyprinids and Atherinids 10 10-10-2007 08:06 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01 PM.