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Syncrossus helodes - Banded Tiger LoachMagyarul / Hungarian
Syncrossus helodes - Banded Tiger LoachSyncrossus helodes - Banded Tiger LoachSyncrossus helodes - Banded Tiger LoachSyncrossus helodes - Banded Tiger Loach
  • Scientific name: Syncrossus helodes
  • Synonyms: Botia helodes (Sauvage, 1876)
  • Common name: Banded Tiger Loach
  • Group: Loaches
  • Distribution: Southeast Asia; Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
  • Size: 25-30 cm
  • Biotope: Found in large rivers with a muddy substrate and also with bottom cover of rocks, and logs. Can be found in flooded areas during the rainy season.
  • Social behavior: An aggressive and skittish loach. They should be kept in a small group of at least 5 species in order to spread any aggression between the fish. Keep only with similar sized fish, as they may hunt down smaller fish.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; They are unfussy eaters, they will accept live and frozen foods, they also like small fish, but they eat sinking pellets too. Larger specimens will take chopped prawns and shrimps. They also eat some vegetable matter, such as soft-leaved aquatic plants.
  • Breeding: It has not been bred in aquarium.
  • Tank: Minimum 300 litres
  • Population: 5 fish for 450 litres
  • Decoration: Use densely planted aquarium and build many hiding places of larger rocks and roots. Cover the tank bottom with sand or small gravel as they like to dig in the substrate. Subdued lighting is required. They require clean, and oxygen-saturated water.
  • Temperature: 24-30 °C
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Hardness: 1.0-12.0 dGH
  • Lifespan: 12-20 years
Description: Syncrossus helodes has a typical botia shape with flat belly, arched back and long cylindrical body. The head is long and the tail is forked. The back and the flanks of the fish are greenish-brown with 10-12 vertical yellow bars on it. These vertical bars are often running until the lateral line, and under the lateral line it has a series of mixed size, dark oval spots pattern. The belly area is light colored, usually white. This species is sometimes confused with its relative, the Syncrossus hymenophysa, but the two fish can be easily told apart by the direction of the stripes anterior to the dorsal fin, because in Syncrossus helodes the stripes are orientated backwards, without bluish borders, while in Syncrossus hymenophysa the stripes are orientated rather forwards and the bars have bluish borders. The Banded Tiger Loach is a nocturnal fish that resting during daytime in its hiding place. These loaches are able to produce audible clicking sounds. They can be found in fish markets in some parts of Cambodia, as they are a good protein source.

Mature females have fuller belly.

Not much is known about their breeding habits, and it has not been bred in aquarium. Presumably a seasonal, migratory spawner in nature.

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