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Hillstream Loach Pseudogastromyzon cheni
Category: Temperate Fish
Price: £8.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 10 in stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.5 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Pseudogastromyzon cheni (Hillstream Loach)
Typical Pseudogastromyzon in shape, with a dorso-ventrally compressed body, sub-terminal mouth, and broad pectoral and pelvic fins that form a sucker-like arrangement that helps the fish adhere to rocks in fast flowing water. This species is attractively marked with distinctive transverse bands on the dorsal surface. Easily confused with P. myersi.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Demands clean water, plenty of water current, lots of oxygen, and an abundance of appropriate foods. In the wild these fish live in fast-flowing streams where the water is very clean and typically cooler than the waters from which most other tropical fish come from. For this reason, these fish are best mixed with subtropical species like danios, Scleromystax barbatus, golden barbs, etc. that will thrive in similar conditions. Feeding is tricky because they are somewhat retiring and can lose out when kept with other bottom feeders. Provide things like bloodworms as well as algae wafers. Flake and pellets may be ignored. Shady areas under bogwood and large boulders are highly appreciated.
Breeding is reported periodically. Both sexes develop tubercles around the mouth when mature, but those of the male are more robust. Females are broader and more rounded than the male. Eggs are laid in pits in the gravel. There is no brood protection. Eggs hatch after about two weeks, and the fry immediately begin feeding on benthic microorganisms including algae. The fry develop slowly, but the parents are not predatory so it is possible to have multiple generations in a single tank.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but water quality must be excellent|