|Common Names:||Butterfly Loach|
Common Hillstream Loach
Hong Kong Pleco
|Main Ecosystem:||Stream; As the name implies, taken from cool, highly-oxygenated mountain streams in China|
|Temperament:||Peaceful; Very peaceful community fish. Males will occasionally have territorial disputes, but injuries are rare because these fish do not possess the means to actually hurt each other.|
|Diet:||Ominvore; Feeds primarily on "aufwuchs", an organic la|
This species will also accept high-quality flakes. Frozen foods are especially relished.
|Care:||If a proper habitat can be provided, this species is not particularly difficult to keep. This species requires fast moving, highly-oxygenated water. Use a few powerheads to get adequate flow in the tank. This fish does not tolerate heat well, and so it should not be kept in a tank with a heater.|
Bright lighting should also provided to encourage algal growth.
|Potential Size:||Male: 7.6cm (3")|
Female: 7.6cm (3")
|Gender:||Very slight. Males are usually a bit more vivid in coloration.|
|Breeding:||Rare in home aquaria, and it has occurred only in tanks closely mimicking their natural environment. The male will dig a breeding pit underneath a smooth stone where the female will lay the eggs.|
|Comments:||For those wishing to provide a more naturalistic habitat, a long tank -- at least 4' -- that has powerful uni-directional flow and contains lots of driftwood and large, flat stones should be provided.|
A great, peaceful fish for hobbyists looking for something a bit different and are willing to take this species' environmental requirements into account.
|Main Colours:||Yellow, Brown, Black|
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|Submitted By:||Joe Potato|
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