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A fairly hardy, shy, little fish that is suitable in community tanks
as it is gentle and peaceful. It is light brown to golden in background
color and a random pattern of dark spots distributed over body and fins
with a dark spotted line along the edge of the fins. Its unique appearance,
and small size is quickly increasing its popularity among fish keepers.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum.
||Size: 2 - 3.25 inches (5-8cm)
||Benthic, will creep along glass and up decors.
||7.0 - 8.0
||Medium. Max dh: 12°
||68°F to 75°F (20°-24° C) pref lower temp
Some of the common (mistaken identity) names include:
Butterfly Hillstream Loach,Chinese Butterfly Loach, Hong-kong
Pleco, Chinese Sucker, Chinese Hillstream Loach, Borneo Loach, Sting-Ray
Asia: Native to the Xi Jiang River basin, China. Now widespread throughout
light brown to golden background color patterned overall with dark spots
and has a dark spotted line following the edge of the fins.
Peaceful community fish, best kept with other non-aggressive tank mates
as they rarely defend against off-species shows of aggression. These
fish naturally inhabit, soft and slightly acidic, fast flowing highland
streams over boulders. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish
have very high oxygen requirements. Min 20+gallon setup with excellent
water-flow and aeration, best kept in groups of 3 or more. Numerous
rocky hiding places and smooth substrate and boulders should be provided
for grazing. Lighting should be subdued, yet bright enough to encourage
algal growth. Driftwood is beneficial as they will rasp the wood. If
kept in cooler, highly oxygenated, waters these fish have a reported
lifespan of 8-10 years.
Territorial: These fish are protective of their chosen space and will
engage in tests of strength where one fish will try and cover the other
fish, referred to as "topping". These battles can be quite entertaining
to watch and seldom result in any damage. Eventually, one fish will
give in and vacate the immediate area
These fish have mouths that are small relative to their body size, which
should be a consideration with foodstuffs. Good quality flake, sinking
pellets, algae wafers, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, blanched
Spinach, Kale, with natural algae an advantage of course. However, numerous
reports indicate that any quality sinking food is allegedly adequate.
Fast moving river and streams of their native range. Soft, slightly
acidic highly oxygenated water.
Little information regarding breeding. Some indicate successful breeding
in home aquarium yet no solid facts available at this time. Sexual Dimorphism:
Males reported to be slightly larger than females, however; fish with
behavior that suggests they are males often have stronger colouration.
No known species specific diseases. Subject to common aquarium diseases.