Banded mountain loach - Acanthocobitis urophthalmus
Scientific name: Acanthocobitis urophthalmus
Common name: Banded mountain loach
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
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.
Asia; Banded mountain loaches are mainly found in Sri Lanka where they occupy the River Kelani and the River Nilwala.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet there are no reported cases of this fish breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for this fish is 2-3 years.
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.
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