Golden Zebra Loach (Sinibotia robusta)

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Golden Zebra Loach

Sinibotia robusta

132 Litres (35 US G.)

15-18 cm (5.9-7.1")




7.0 - 7.8

18 -24 °C (64.4-75.2°F)

6-22 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Chinese Golden Zebra Loach, Golden Zebra Loach

Additional scientific names

Botia robusta


Difficult to sex, and breeding is not known in captivity. Mature females may have a thicker body than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Gets along with most fish but can be boisterous so needs to be mixed with similar sized fish. This fish benefits from the company of a small shoal of its own kind.


Will eat most tropical fish food including plant pellets, algae wafers, live and frozen foods (bloodworm, brine shrimp etc.)

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed at lights out when they are most active.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires extremely aerated and fast flowing water and pristine water conditions to be most active and happy. Spawning behaviour can be induced with a water change the previous night and water flow reduced at dawn. No recorded spawning has occurred in the aquarium with this species.


A nocturnal fish best observed at dusk and early evening. True bottom feeder, rarely ventures to the middle of the tank. Peaceful species but due to their size and speed can be boisterous if not deliberately harming other tank mates.


Sand/golden colour with darker stripes and Elongated nose with 3 stripes. Commonly misidentified with Botia striata and Sinibotia superciliaris.


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