Re: Botia lohachata (Pakistani loach)

>From: ac554 at freenet_carleton.ca (David Whittaker)
>Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 04:57:52 -0500
>Subject: Botia lohachata (Pakistani loach)
>I took delivery of six Pakistani loaches last week and
>placed them in a snail-infested 15 gallon. They are
>delightful, lively creatures. and the snails are now in
>scavenger heaven. There is one problem though. Something
>has been chewing holes out of new Amazon Sword leaves and
>the only other possible candidates are two well-fed black
>tetras. This is definitely not a (plant) nutrient deficiency.
>Does anyone know if these loaches pose a threat to other
>soft-leaved plants? I'd also be interested to know how they
>handle salt as they may end up in a slightly brackish tank.

I've kept one large one (5'') for almost 4 years in a fully planted tank,
and while it did a great job on the snails, I never noticed any plant
damage.  After moving several times, I can also testify that this species
is extremely hardy.  Don't know about the salt, though.