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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:||Size: 2 – 3.25 inches (5-8cm)|
|Strata:||Benthic, will creep along glass and up decors.|
|PH:||7.0 – 8.0|
|Hardness:||Medium. Max dh: 12°|
|Temperature:||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 Pleco
- Asia: Native to the Xi Jiang River basin, China. Now widespread throughout Chinese rivers/streams.
- 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. (unconfirmed).
- No known species specific diseases. Subject to common aquarium diseases.