Help finding some Botia Histrioncia (Burmese Loach)
Yesterday I went to several LFS to see if I could find some of these fish. I knew they didn't have any as they don't carry loaches usually at all. When I asked one if they could order them they couldn't figure out what the fish was by the name. I showed them a pic of the fish and they said that they couldn't remember the "common name" for it as the ones I gave them was not it.Common Names I gave them was Burmese Loach, Burmese Zebra Loach, and Golden Zebra Loach. Is there any other common names out there for this fish? They also said they needed the common name for the the fish to order it. That was a first cause the store I usually go to get fish orded goes by the scientific name. So with that said I went to the store that I know uses the scientific name to order fish. He is not sure if he can get them at all. Any ideas where I can get some of these fish from?
Well that one store called me back and said he can't get them right now Soo now I don't have any place locally to get them. Grrrrrr lol
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.
I got one store looking to see when they will be available. I showed him a picture of them also gave him the scientific name. He said he had them once before but it has been awhile. I might ask him about Botia kubotai and see if he can find them easier. Thank Byron didn't realize these would be seasonal but was wondering since I was having a hard time finding any.
This is why we are just ending the best time for wild SA fish, the rainy season ended early in the year, then the fish spawn, then fry are available. March-May is our best time for SA fish from Peru and Brazil.
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