|Common Names:||Spotted Hillstream Loach|
|Main Ecosystem:||Stream; As the name implies, this species is native to fast-flowing mountain streams|
|Temperament:||Peaceful; As with other hillstream loaches, these fish are incredibly peaceful. There may be rare territorial disputes between males, but injuries are practically unheard of. Will not bother any other fish in the tank.|
|Diet:||Ominvore; Feeds on "aufwuchs", an organic la|
Some specimens will accept a high-quality flake food. Frozen foods (bloodworms, brine shrimp, etc.) are eaten with great gusto.
This species has a small mouth, so bottom feeder pellets are not a good choice.
|Care:||Relatively easy to care for given the right conditions. Cool , highly-oxygenated water is a MUST. These fish will perish rapidly if not given the proper environment. There needs to be a strong current in the tank.|
Optimal conditions would be at least a 4' tank with several powerheads at one end providing a one-way flow and oxygenating the water. Strong lighting is needed to ensure appropriate algae growth.
|Potential Size:||Male: 5.1cm (2")|
Female: 6.4cm (2.5")
|Gender:||Slight. Females are a bit chunkier.|
|Breeding:||Not accomplished in home aquaria|
|Comments:||Care is similar to all other hillstream loaches.|
This is a very peaceful community fish that will thrive given the right conditions. Can be kept in groups, but because of the specialized feeding requirements, appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that there is enough food for each fish.
Special thanks to Natalie for resizing and cleaning-up the photo.
|Main Colours:||Green, Gold, Brown|
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|Image Credit:||Not Joe Potato|
|Submitted By:||Joe Potato|
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