Mesonoemacheilus triangularis
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Mesonoemacheilus triangularis

Common Names: Batik Loach
Zodiac Loach
Family: Balitoridae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Asia; India
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Aggressive; The Batik loach is a solitary fish, and wont hesitate to nip other fishes fins
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feeding is very simple, as it will take most foods, and is not afraid to take his share. Being a more aggresive loach, it is recomeded you keep them with fish that can stand up for themselves.
6.5 - 7.5
25°C - 30°C
77°F - 86°F
Potential Size: Male: 9cm (3.5")
Female: 9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Females tend to become bulkier around the abdomen area as they mature.
Breeding: unknown
Comments: Mesonemacheilus triangularis is a very hardy fish. If they are kept in groups, there must be sufficient hiding spots. Mesonemacheilus triangularis can be aggressive towards its own species and ones similar to it. This is why there needs to be rocks, driftwood, caves, plants, etc. for them to pick their own territory. It should not be kept with fish that have long fins such as the Angelfish. Mesonemacheilus triangularis will harass fish with long fins until they are sick or die. They are very pleasing to watch when they are kept in groups. This is the only time when one will be able to see their natural behavior. These loaches will chase and dance around each other. Ocassionaly, a friendly dart at each other may occur. Their fights will never result in death if plenty of hiding spots are provided.
Main Colours: Grey, White
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Fish_Tank
Contributors: clownloachfan, Joe Potato
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