YoYo Loach (Botia Lohachata)

YoYo Loach Tank Setup, Caring and Breeding Profile

YoYo Loach

YoYo Loach

Yoyo Loach Introduction:

Beautifully patterned Yoyo loach fish gets its common name from the markings on its side that seem to spell out the word “yo-yo.”There are several other, closely related species that also go by that name but B. lohachata displays the word more clearly than the others.

It is also commonly called the Pakistan loach, but that just leads to confusion as it is used for several intricately patterned botias and the yoyo loach is not from Pakistan.

Tank Mates Analysis:

These fish are very fast moving and lively so they may cause stress among slow-moving tankmates. And while most get along well with other fish individuals have been known to find the long fins of some tankmates irresistible. Some botias may show aggression towards similarly shaped fishes when they are kept singly or in pairs. That is because they are highly social creatures with a relatively high intelligence.

Tank size & setup:

They require the social interaction of a group of 4 or more yoyo loaches to satisfy them. They are also extremely curious and quickly become stressed in a bare tank. Give them lots of places to explore like caves, clusters of stones, groves of plants or man-made decorations. But be careful! Yoyo loaches like to squeeze into tight areas and sharp decorations can injure them. A 30 gallon/ 115-liter tank is sufficient for a group.

Fish Size & Origin:

They are found in the waters of Nepal and India. Maximum supply you can get from these areas may be you can also get the price difference if you buy them from these areas.

Such Loaches can grow up to the size of 10 cm or 4 inches in size. This is the mature size the fish can gain in Lbs.

Optimum Temperature Range:

Does not require a heated aquarium but can tolerate up to 27°C/ 82°F.So there is no Specific Parameter in this regard.


Botias will eat anything from dried to live foods and from algae wafers to soft-leaved plants. The also will eat snails but not at a rate of clearing up an infestation for you.


Botias like clean well-oxygenated water. Sand or fine gravel is preferable as a substrate so as not to damage their barbels. And of course, lots of decors for them to explore. They are interesting, social fishes that make good residents for most community tanks. There are some exceptions though.

How to do Breeding?

These fish migrate up streams to spawn in nature. It has not occurred in captivity without the use of hormones.

May you love to read more about other loaches profiles?

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  2. White & Spotted Nosed Laoch

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