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Garra cambodgiensis (Stonelapping Minnow, Cambodian Garra)

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A typical Garra in shape with a fusiform body and robust head equipped with a sucker-like mouth. Body colour is variable, but typically silvery pink with darker bands along each flank and along the dorsal surface. At first glance resembles the flying fox or Siamese algae eater.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Basic care similar to other members of the genus. Feeds on aufwuchs in the wild, but in aquaria a mix of green algae and small invertebrates will do. Cannot be kept as a "scavenger" and will need deliberate feedings of green foods such as algae wafers and pellets. Inhabits fast-flowing mountain streams where it spends its life close to rocks and boulders hiding from the strongest currents. Provide similar conditions in the aquarium, with very clean, well oxygenated water maintained at a slightly lower than normal temperature. House with species from similar environments, such as flying barbs, danios, and loaches. Basically peaceful, though specimens may be territorial among themselves.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Southeast Asia
Temperature 20-25 C
Size 15 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful