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YoYo Botia - questions
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h20momma
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PostPosted: 2007.02.03(Sat)17:34    Post subject: YoYo Botia - questions Reply with quote

LFS had him/her labled as YoYo Botia, but I can match it w/the YoYo Loach on this site, so I'm sure it's the same thing. I have some questions.

First, I only got one, which from everyting I read, appears to be a mistake. How many SHOULD I have? I will be getting a larger tank, but for now have a 20 gallon. I have no problems getting 1-2 (or more) if necessary, and upgrading tank a littler ealrier if need be. Can't get larger tank now, but could get the buddies now, larger tank in a few months.

Second question. This site states they prefer/need water temp of 28C or 82.4F. My tank is right at 80F, which is already higher than the 75.2-78.8 recommended for my other fish. What should I do, increase the temp to accomodate the YoYo? Will the higher temp harm the others (see my list below). THANKS!
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PostPosted: 2007.02.03(Sat)17:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Botia" is the name of the Genus that YoYo's are part of. A YoYo loach is a YoYo Botia.
Glad to hear you are upgrading your tank soon. IMO you have a full tank without the YoYo. If it's possible I would take back the one YoYo until you actually have the larger tank up and running. However, if the store won't take it back and if you are positive you can get a larger tank soon (like in two or three months - not five or more) then you should be fine.
YoYo's should be kept in shoals of at least three so yes, you should add at least two more. I'm assuming they will be very small when you get them and not half grown. That is going to put a strain on your bioload in that 20 gln. so you will need to do very regular water changes.

What size/type of Filter are you running? It will help if you have an oversized filter for that tank from a good company.
Someone else with more experience may disagree but I would keep the temp at 78 or 79 and all the fish should be OK.
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PostPosted: 2007.02.03(Sat)19:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually had planned to reduce the Rosy Barbs... I didn't except them to all live through my initial setup, and I can give them back to the store, or to my brother in law, who has a few tanks set up.

IF I reduced the Rosy Barbs, and then added 2 YoYo's, would that make more sense?

I could take him back, and will if needed, but since I already planned to unload some Barbs, I thought I'd ask. Thanks.
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PostPosted: 2007.02.03(Sat)19:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, the filter is an Aquaclear 50. I don't mind doing the regular water changes in the least. How often/much do you think would be optimum?
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