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Garra ceylonensis (Sri Lanka Stone Sucker)

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A typical Garra species in terms of shape, colour, and behaviour. Streamlined body with mottled green colouration

Naturally inhabits fast-flowing mountain streams so relatively cool water with plenty of current and lots of oxygen in important. In the wild feeds almost entirely on green algae and the microscopic animals found within the algae (aufwuchs). In the aquarium provide algae or a suitable substitute such as algae wafers and softened vegetable such as blanched lettuce or courgette. Small invertebrate foods like bloodworms are also taken.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Garra spp are sometimes aggressive towards tankmates, and are best kept with fast-moving species unlikely to be molested. Also choose species tolerant of the fast-water conditions these fish appreciate. Danios, hillstream loaches, loaches, and suckermouth catfish are ideal. They are not bred in home aquaria.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Sri Lanka
Temperature 24-26C
Size 15 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5