Yoyo Loach – Botia almorhae

Yoyo Loach - Botia almorhae

  • pH: 6-7.5
  • gH: 2-12 dGh
  • Temperature: 20-27C
  • Maximum Size:  15cm
  • Minimum Tank Size: 200 litres, 120x45x38cm

The yoyo loach is named from the pattern on juveniles which appears to spell out the word “yoyo”. It comes from rivers in northern India where it is found in stiller areas of the water. It’s an active species with social needs so must be kept in a group of six or more of its own kind.


Yoyo loaches’ very boisterous activity can disturb smaller and more timid fish, and they can be fin-nippers so slow moving, long-finned species shouldn’t be kept with them. They mix well with other botiid loaches as well as fast-moving cyprinids such as giant danios, large barbs and rasboras, siamese algae eaters and larger tetras.

Housing and feeding

In common with the other botiids, these fish prefer some structure in their environment, wood, rocks and pebbles, caves and so on as they like to explore and to have places to retreat to. Plenty of flow and good oxygenation are key as is good water quality with low nitrates. The substrate should be sand to allow them to dig and forage without damaging their barbels.

Yoyo loaches will take any foods offered and a staple diet of a good sinking catfish pellet supplemented with occasional live or frozen foods and fresh vegetables is fine.


There have been no documented, successful captive breedings of the clown loach at the time of writing, although farmers in the Far East have been breeding them artificially using hormone injections for some time.


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