Yoyo Loach - Planted Tank Mates

Yoyo Loach

3″ | 5-6 | 30 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.8 | Peaceful

Botia almorhae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.8

dGH: 3 – 12

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 5 – 6

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwellers like Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Molliles and Guppies.  Bottom dwellers like Otocinclus, other Corydoras and calmer loaches like Kuhli loaches.

Notes

Yoyo loaches are social and energetic fish. They get their name from the way they explore the tank up and down like a “yoyo”.  In captivity, they generally grow to about 2-3 inches, but can get up to 6″ in the wild.  Provide them with at least a 30 gallon tank, but the larger the better so they have room to swim around and explore.  Their patterns can change over time, especially as they mature from their juvenile stage.  This is one species that appreciates a soft or sandy substrate.  Avoid coarse or sharp gravels that could cut their bellies.

 

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ImageYoyo loach fish (Botia almorhae).Blue neon stiphodon goby fish (Stiphodon atropurpureus).Green Corydora fish (Corydoras aeneus).Skunk corydora catfish (Corydoras arcuatus)Leopard corydora catfish (Corydoras leopardus).Julii corydora catfish (Corydoras julii).
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Description

3" | 5-6 | 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful

3” | Single | 10 gal

PH 6.5-7 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

Content

Botia almorhae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 78

PH: 6.5 - 7.8

dGH: 3 - 12

dKH: 2 - 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 5 - 6

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwellers like Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Molliles and Guppies.  Bottom dwellers like Otocinclus, other Corydoras and calmer loaches like Kuhli loaches.

Notes

Yoyo loaches are social and energetic fish. They get their name from the way they explore the tank up and down like a "yoyo".  In captivity, they generally grow to about 2-3 inches, but can get up to 6" in the wild.  Provide them with at least a 30 gallon tank, but the larger the better so they have room to swim around and explore.  Their patterns can change over time, especially as they mature from their juvenile stage.  This is one species that appreciates a soft or sandy substrate.  Avoid coarse or sharp gravels that could cut their bellies.

 

Stiphodon atropurpureus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Experienced

Behavior: Peaceful to Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 70 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1

Tank Mates

Small, peaceful Nano fishes like Tetras, Rasboras and Danios.  They can become territorial, so provide a lot of hiding space when keeping more than 1.  OK with dwarf shrimp, but they'll most likely eat smaller fry.

Notes

These fish have very stringent water requirements.  Regular maintenance and upkeep is necessary.  They prefer softer waters closer to a neutral PH.  Using almond leaves, cholla and driftwood provide tannins which they prefer.  They're frequent climbers and jumpers, so an aquarium lid is highly recommended.  Ensure algae and biofilm is present in your tank for grazing.

Breeding

Spawning is relatively easy, but breeding can be a bit tricky. Increase the tank temperature to low 80's and provide lots of hiding spaces like small, open-ended pipes.  Females will develop swollen bellies (full of eggs) and the male will attract the female to a safe place to lay.  After spawning, remove the female and allow the male to guard the eggs.  Within 5-7 days the eggs will hatch and can become easy food for prey, so isolation may be necessary.  In the wild, newly hatched fry are swept to brackish and marine water conditions where they feed and develop.  Once mature and developed, they swim back to freshwater conditions to inhabit.

Corydoras splendens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras arcuatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species.

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras trilineatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species.

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Leopard Corydoras are often confused with Julii Corydoras.  The difference is that Julii will have spots on the front part of their head, while Leopard will continue the same body pattern.

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras julii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Julii Corydora are often confused with Leopard Corydoras.  The difference is that Julii will have spots on the front part of their head, while Leopard will continue the same body pattern.

Provide Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

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