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RED TAIL LOACH (Yasuhikotakia modesta)

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Milder in temperament than some congeners such as Y. eos and Y. morleti but prone to occasional phases of aggression and may nip trailing finnage. Slow-moving or long-finned fishes are best omitted with active, pelagic cyprinids such as many Devario, Rasbora, Barilius, ‘Puntius‘, and some Danio spp. representing more suitable tankmates.

In terms of other bottom-dwellers it should coexist relatively peacefully with most Botia and Syncrossus spp. or in very large tanks, Chromobotia macracanthus. Some cobitid and nemacheilid loaches are also possibilities as are members of Epalzeorhynchos, Crossocheilus, Garra, and many catfishes.

As always, thorough research prior to selecting a community of fishes is the best way to avoid potential problems.

Yasuhikotakia spp. are gregarious, form complex social hierarchies and should be maintained in groups of at least 5 or 6 specimens, preferably 10 or more.

When kept singly they can become withdrawn or even aggressive towards similarly-shaped fishes, and if only a pair or trio are purchased the dominant individual can stress the other(s) to the extent that they stop feeding.

That said they seemingly require regular contact with conspecifics, a fact exemplied by a number of behavioural rituals which have been recorded consistently in aquaria

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