Alesha Posted August 21, 2020 Share Posted August 21, 2020 We have a lone red-tail botia loach in a 20 long tank. I'll include a couple pics and a video so you can see her. We call her Peek-a-boo. It was never our intention to own this fish. We were looking for pygmy chain loaches. While my husband was out of town one day, he popped into a pet store and asked if they had the pygmy chains. They said, "Yes, we have 2!" He thought that was great and brought them both home. He had no idea they weren't pygmy chains. I'd done all the research and thought I'd explained exactly what we were looking for, but even in the best marriages, this kind of communication can be tricky. 😉 We popped them into our QT with our crooked-back guppies that we cull from the 55-gallon. They were both incredibly shy, scared and erratic. They hid behind the sponge filters, heater, anything they could find. We didn't see one of them for days. We still have no idea where it was, but eventually it came out of hiding. So...the next time one of them disappeared, we weren't concerned until several days passed and we still didn't see it. We searched the tank and then the floor behind the tank and found it. The only hole in our lid was where the airlines for the sponge filter came out and the plug for the heater. I guess it was just big enough and it jumped at just the right angle and that was the end of the story.😢 So now we have poor, lonely Peek-a-boo who almost never leaves her cave. If she ever does, like today, we immediately check the water parameters, do a water change and get her back on an even keel. Her only tank mates are ram's horn snails and one baby crooked-spined guppy. Can you recommend whether to get more botia for her to school with or not? How many can safely go in a 20-long? Should we get a powerhead to add more current? I've read they prefer that. I hate that she is so lonely. Alesha Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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