Above: In this picture is a young premium quality Royal Clown Botia, swimming in one of our tanks, when one of our crew members took this picture.
Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Fish like this in any of the live fish stores or online stores that we visit.
Our Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.
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Origin: These Botia are caught in fast flowing rivers and streams in China, and they now live in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Royal Clown Botia can grow to be about 12" long, including their tails.
Rarely very old females are even bigger. In their natural habitat they can grow to be 20" long.
Behaviors: Royal Clown Botia are active swimmers and quarrel gently with each other but are rarely aggressive.
They need a cave to hide in and spend a lot time hidden away to then come out and flash their beautiful pattern.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Barbs, Rainbowfish, Gouramis, and many other aquarium fish that are not too aggressive and not too small, or they will be eaten.
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Temperature: They live well from about 68 to 75 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 72 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Pellet Food.
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Water Conditions: Royal Clown Botia seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of 7 to 8 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US is about the same, and seems to be OK for Royal Clown Botia, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
Like all long slender fish from river habitats, it is very important to give them frequent partial water changes.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 60-gallon tank, when they're 4" to 6" long, but a bigger aquarium is better.
Allow at least 6-gallons of water for each Royal Clown Botia under 6" long. They grow fast and at about 6" should move into a bigger aquarium.
Eventually they'll need to live in a much bigger aquarium with 150 to 300-gallons of water.
Decor: Royal Clown Botia do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
They do seem to enjoy some round aquarium-safe rocks on the bottom, which emulates their natural habitat.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. But Royal Clown Botia do not seem to need plants. Probably because their natural habitat is rivers and streams without plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 350B Filter in an aquarium with 60-gallons of water is OK to start with a few Royal Clown Botia that are less than 6" long.
At 6" long Royal Clown Botia should move into a bigger aquarium with several Penguin 350B Filters, and eventually a much larger aquarium with 150 to 300-gallons of water and as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit along the back edge or a more sophisticated filtering system.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Royal Clown Botia can live in excess of 20-years, if they're fed premium food and kept in a very large aquarium with very fresh water.
Gender: As they mature females fill with eggs and become plumper than males, who are raised in the same group.
Breeding: There've been no reports of Royal Clown Botia spawning in aquariums.
Popularity: Royal Clown Botia are rare in aquariums.
Names: The scientific name of Royal Clown Botia is Leptobotia elongata.
Variations: There are no variations known to us.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrT - 10/20/2016
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