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Syncrossus berdmorei - Redfin Tiger LoachMagyarul / Hungarian
Syncrossus berdmorei - Redfin Tiger LoachSyncrossus berdmorei - Redfin Tiger LoachSyncrossus berdmorei - Redfin Tiger LoachSyncrossus berdmorei - Redfin Tiger Loach
  • Scientific name: Syncrossus berdmorei
  • Synonyms: Botia berdmorei (Blyth, 1860)
  • Common name: Redfin Tiger Loach, Burmese Peppered Firetail Botia, Blyth's Loach, Tiger Botia, Berdmore's Loach
  • Group: Loaches
  • Habitat: Asia; India, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)
  • Size: 20-25 cm
  • Biotope: Found in fast mountain streams and large rivers, often near submerged boulders and fallen trees.
  • Social behavior: An active loach that can be aggressive with smaller, slow-moving fish. Unsuitable for a typical community aquarium, but can be kept in a biotope tank with large peaceful schooling fish that swim in the upper part of the water column. Keep them in a small group.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; in nature it mainly eats insect larvae and benthic organisms. In the aquarium it can be fed with small live and frozen foods, and quality dried foods, plus some vegetable matter such as cucumber or spinach. It will eat snails.
  • Tank: Minimum 250 litres
  • Population: 5-6 fish for 600 litres
  • Decoration: Use sand or small gravel as substrate to allow digging without damaging it's barbels. Decorate the tank with lots of smooth, water-worn rocks and roots to create many hiding places. The lighting shouldn’t be bright.
  • Temperature: 21-26 °C
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 1-12 NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years

Description: Syncrossus berdmorei has a golden-brown overall body, with vertical green colored bands. It has a similar look to its close relative the Syncrossus beauforti which is native to Central-west Thailand and Myanmar. Adult fish can be easily told apart as Syncrossus berdmorei become much larger, but juveniles can appear identical on first glance. While Syncrossus berdmorei has 11-14 branched dorsal-fin rays, the Syncrossus beauforti has 9-10. Both fish have longitudinal rows of small, dark spots running across the entire body and head, but in Syncrossus berdmorei these markings are a little larger. Their fins have strong red coloring.

They are also able to make clicking sounds, usually when excited. Syncrossus berdmorei like to hide itself into small gaps, so do not use sharp edged or too small decorations in the aquarium, as the fish may become trapped. These loaches are schooling fish, so they should be maintained in small groups of at least 5 or 6 specimens, because when they kept singly they become more aggressive, and when kept in pairs the dominant fish may harass the weaker specimen.

Mature females have fuller body and grow a little larger. There are no reports about their breeding habits.

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