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Yasuhikotakia morleti
Hora's Loach, Skunk Loach

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I bought my Hora from a garden centre along with a number of other fish for my community tank to help control the "snail" problem I had. The assistant explained I couldn't buy a better fish for the job and he was right. As soon as he got settled he just about wiped out the lot, apart from the overgrown ones. Botty (his name!) however developed a nasty streak when his pal the "flying fox" died. Very timid up until that day, then all hell broke loose...he attacked all the fish at any opportunity and wouldn't calm down, ended up back at the garden centre after he wiped out most of the tank.

Contributed by Ian

These little guy act much the same way as clowns but they do seem to be a bit more timid. They like to crowd together in small places when threatened and scared but will also be found in the corners alone. Very fast and with sharp barbs, they can be boogers to catch in nets. They are beautiful in their color contrast and they do well in 75 liters and up, as long as there are no mean fish in your tank. Acclimate them slowly to the water when they are introduced. If you see them lying on their sides, they are just resting.

Contributed by Jerry Spidel

I initially purchased two skunk botias to deal with an aggravating snail population. I highly recommend these fish for the purpose of alleviating a snail problem, although I encountered a few problems later on. They emaciated my camboba, wisteria and banana plants, and slowly became extremely aggresive. The pair constantly fought with my striped loach and I eventually had to return them due to their aggressive tendencies.

Contributed by a visitor

I have 2 skunk loaches that now have their home in a 75 L tank. They currently live with 20 neons, 2 female betta's, and a few fancy guppies. They will hide under rocks, in plants, and any other small area they can get into. They do show themselves at any time during the day/night, but mostly stay out of sight. They did live in a 340 L tank with 1 larger Frontosa, 2 large severum's, 2 raphael cats, and 2 bumblebee cats. Never once did any other fish mess with these guys, despite being able to eat them in one easy gulp. When catching them in a net, I discovered that they have small little spines, or razors, near their mouth. This is what led me to believe why no one messed with these little guys. At one time, they lived with 10 dwarf puffers in a 40 L tank for about 6 months. They are great bottom feeders and have eaten most everything I give them. Flake food, pellets, bloodworms, brineshrimp, and they have eaten a few ghost shrimp that were half eaten by the Severums.

Contributed by Jay T

I've had one in a 75 liter tank for a few months, it looks like is doing just fine. It hides under a rock all day and comes out only to eat. The pet store suggested I get a Skunk Botia to get rid of my unwanted snails. It worked like a charm...after a week it was in my tank all the snails were gone. My fish is not at all aggressive and it often gets attacked by my crazy Electric Yellow Cichlid, but it has enough space to run around so no one gets hurt.

Contributed by a visitor

I thought these little loaches were cute when I had my 470 L community set up 2 years ago. WRONG! The one I had then went back to the LFS (and he was hard to net too, I might add). I am trying two in a 75 L, heavily planted tank now. Fingers crossed. A breeding pair of Kribs owns this tank, but there is a snail problem. Will see if they hold up to the kribs. From what I've seen, these guys are great snail eaters, but can be vicious to any non-aggressive fish.

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