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Clown loaches? Re: Snails in Planted Tank
>Tyrone Genade and Doug have been debating the nature of "clown loaches"
>and Wright pointed out:
>It may be that by using the common name, we are confusing two very different
>species, here. My young Clown Loaches (*Botia macracanthus*, p371 of the
>English Baensch Atlas V.1)
>They rarely hide, but do enjoy resting under the shade of a big driftwood
>arch, in my brilliantly lit planted tank.
Ooh, good point! Let's hope that what it is (I'm so fond of the Botia
macranthus that I hate to see them get a bad reputation (or feel like they
might deserve one :-( ) The peaceful, nonhiding nature is more in line
with what I've seen in the young'uns. The reports I've read of captive
breeding though involve much larger, grey fish that basically turn into
piranhas when it comes to live meat. Vigorous boiling water, bones picked
clean, the works.
Doug Karpa Wilson
Department of Biology
Bloomington, IN 47405
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