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Banded mountain loach - Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

Banded mountain loach - Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

Scientific name: Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

Common name: Banded mountain loach

Family: Nemacheilidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Sri Lanka

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Banded mountain loaches will accept all foods but ensure that they will sink to the bottom before they are eaten by the other tank inhabitants. Catfish pellets, algae wafers are ideal. Frozen blood worms and brine shrimp will condition these fish.

Origin

Asia; Banded mountain loaches are mainly found in Sri Lanka where they occupy the River Kelani and the River Nilwala.

Sexing

There are no visible differences between the sexes.

Breeding

As of yet there are no reported cases of this fish breeding in the aquarium.

Lifespan

The expected life span for this fish is 2-3 years.

Short description

Try to replicate their natural conditions in the aquarium. They require fast flowing water which is well oxygenated. Hiding places must be provided in the form of rocks or wood. These fish are best kept in small groups to make them feel at ease. They are not an ideal fish for beginners as they require a very high water quality.

Pictures

Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.

Banded mountain loach, picture 1 Banded mountain loach, picture 2

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