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So I'm thinking about either getting Dwarf Chain Loaches or Botia striata. I know the chain loaches stay small but I am finding a ton of conflicting info about the max size for Botia striata. I've heard anywhere from 1.5" to 5" and seeing as I only have a 30 gallon, to have a decent school I cannot get them if they get too big. I prefer Botia striata over the chain loaches (more availability and cheaper). Anyone have experience with how big Botia striata get?

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http://www.loaches.com/species-index/botia-striata

My 5 oldest striata, I've had them for 8+ years, are all right at 4 inches. I have a few sid's that are pushing 3 inches. Hope that cleared some things up for ya.

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My 5 oldest striata, I've had them for 8+ years, are all right at 4 inches. I have a few sid's that are pushing 3 inches. Hope that cleared some things up for ya.
It does, thank you! I actually was on that link earlier and thought 3 to 4" but wasn't sure. What size of tank do you have your 5 in? I was thinking of 3 or 4 in a 30 gallon but thinking I won't have enough room...

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Is the 30 the same length as a 20L? If so, they would be ok in a 30 gal. It would just depend on how many other fish are in the tank and the layout. A 40 gal breeder and up, would be better as they get older. Try to get them small and get at least 4, 5 would be better. You'll get to see some really cool behavior's among them with that many. Don't freak out too bad when you see them on their sides, they're just nappin. Don't know how many times I've rushed over to the tank to see if they were breathing.

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30 gals come in a variety of sizes. Mine is 36" long by 12" deep. I do also have 2 corry cats and those with the loaches would be the only bottom feeders (I'm also contemplating doing all cories and no loaches) Other fish include 5 Neon Dwarf Rainbows, 5 Gold Barbs, 1 Honey Sunset Dwarf Gourami and 1 German Blue Ram.

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Go for Botia Striata!! I have had both sids and zebras and I love them both, but zebras are cheaper and don't get that much bigger. I had some for years and years that never got more than 3in. They will be fine in a 30g, and personally I would get at least 5. Loaches do better with 5 or more, and I think as long as you keep on on your water changes you would be fine.
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Re: Zebra Loach question

I have 4 in a 36g corner tank with too many other fish and everyone is fine. 4" is an average adult size.

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