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Ambastaia sidthimunki - Dwarf LoachMagyarul / Hungarian
Ambastaia sidthimunki - Dwarf LoachAmbastaia sidthimunki - Dwarf LoachAmbastaia sidthimunki - Dwarf LoachAmbastaia sidthimunki - Dwarf Loach
  • Scientific name: Ambastaia sidthimunki
  • Synonyms: Botia sidthimunki
  • Common name: Dwarf Loach, Dwarf Chain Loach
  • Group: Loaches
  • Habitat: Asia; Thailand, India
  • Size: 6 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in small muddy lakes, and also in flowing waters.
  • Social behavior: A lively, peaceful schooling fish, it is an avid swimmer, active by day, and are suitable for the community tank
  • Diet: Omnivorous; live and flake foods. The species is not choosy about its diet.
  • Breeding: Has been bred in aquaria, but very rare.
  • Tank: Minimum 75 litres
  • Population: 6-8 fish for 100 litres
  • Decoration: The tank bottom should include a fine layer of mulm, which is appreciated by the species. The substrate should be sand or fine gravel. Excellent water quality with a moderate amount of flow should be provided. Rocks and roots arranged in the aquarium to provide hiding places are needed to make the species feel safe.
  • Temperature: 24-28°C
  • pH: 6-7,5
  • Hardness: 1-15NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years

Description: The Ambastaia sidthimunki is the smallest of the genus, and should always be kept in groups. Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki is now considered as Critically Endangered in it's native Thailand. The back of the Dwarf Loach is light brown while the flanks are copper colored, and the belly is white. The flanks are marked with two lateral brown bands. These bands are connected by a number of transverse stripes, and makes a chain like pattern.

Mature females likely to have a rounder abdominal area. It seems the fish are ready to mate at 7 years of age. Artifical hormones can induce breeding.

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