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HILLSTREAM LOACH


Beaufortia sp.
Community
Dried
6.5-7.5
6-8cm
60 litre
Wild Caught
Arrive Alive

Price: £7.49

In stock : 4
Beaufortia sp.

The Hillstream Loach is also known as the Butterfly Plec, Chinese Butterfly Loach, Hong-kong Plec, Chinese Sucker and Coldwater Sucker. It inhabits fast flowing highland streams over boulders. The home aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have very high oxygen requirements. They are also sensitive to nitrite and nitrate that most coldwater fish would tolerate but may kill these loaches.

With all sucker-type Hillstream species, care is broadly the same. All need excellent water-flow and aeration, numerous rocky hiding places and smooth pebbles and boulders to graze over. Lighting should be bright to encourage algal growth in the aquarium. Plants are not necessary as the fish do not normally encounter them in the wild, but they will help with water-quality. Suitable plants for high-flow environments are Anubias and Microsoreum. These will grow on rockwork or driftwood.

Although the Hillstream Loach is considered to be coldwater it does need room temperatures no lower than 16 degrees.

Although most literature says they will eat anything, I've found them quite fussy but will snack on cucumber and thick algaes.

Ideal tankmates are: fantails, loaches, rasboras, goldfish

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