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Schistura savona (Half-banded Loach)

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An attractive little loach with reddish fins and incomplete banding across the back and flanks; the belly is off-white. External differences between the sexes are not known.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Like most small loaches, while it mostly ignores fast-moving midwater fish such as minnows, individuals are quite feisty amongst themselves. In this case, Schistura savona is a species that does best in groups of six or more specimens; in smaller groups individuals, presumably males, can become bullies.

Requires fast-flowing water with lots of oxygen. A soft sandy substrate is preferred. Decorate the tank with rocks, bogwood roots, and a variety of suitable hiding places. Like other loaches, small invertebrates such as bloodworms and mosquito larvae are favoured foods, but once settled into the aquarium, catfish pallets and algae wafers should be accepted as well.

There are no reports of breeding in captivity yet.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution South Asia
Temperature 23-25 C
Size 5 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Difficult
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes