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Yaaaay, a new forum :wub:

Do my queen botias have the same switchblade defense that clowns have? :huh:
 

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Yes they do, all botia species have the spikes just below the eyes which they use for defence and fighting with one and other.
 

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What does a queen botia look like? I have never heard of one or seen one. I LOVE my clown loaches. They are the BEST!!
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>>> What does a queen botia look like?

Imagine a Clown that is basically yellow instead of pinkish, and has 8-9 thinner black vertical stripes and you've pretty much got Botia Dario. I'll try to find a nice picture.
 
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I posted a pic in the forum once, I'll see if I can dig one up,they're kind of like mini clowns
 

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Are you sure the queen loaches aren't mistakenly called queens? The pic you posted looks to me like the tiger loach picture in one of my fish books. I have actually been looking for them as they don't grow as large as the clowns.
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>>> aren't mistakenly called queens?

Unfortunately, such is the way with common names. Many species have several common names. The name I used to see Botia dario under most often was "Banded Botia" for example - all the same fish.
 
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according to my lfs they were queen botias, I researched and found them on loaches.com as queen under the botia species ;). The "queen's" is merely what I refer to them as :lol:
 

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AWESOME WEBSITE!!! I LOVE LOACHES! I guess there are so many of them. The book I had said Tiger Loaches and the Loach site says Queen. So I guess my book was wrong. Anyway, they are adorable. I want some. I really love my liitle Loachy, Spanky and Jarr Jarr!! Keep us up tp date on their antics.
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