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Schistura denisonii (Denison's Loach, Denisons Loach)

These fish are not difficult to maintain under the correct conditions. although it is recommend to keep the Schistura denisonii in a tank designed to resemble a flowing stream or river with a substrate of variably-sized rocks, sand, fine gravel, and some water-worn boulders.

This can be further furnished with driftwood branches arranged to form a network of hiding spaces and shaded spots, thus creating a safe space for these Loaches to exist. While the majority of aquatic plants will fail to thrive in such surroundings hardy types such as Microsorum, Bolbitis, or Anubias spp. can be grown attached to the décor. Once they're acclimatised, individuals tend to select a particular cave or sheltered space which they defend against conspecifics and similar-looking species so it’s important to provide a well-structured environment.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

The Schistura species are generally omnivorous although most of their diet consists of small insects, worms, crustaceans, and other zooplankton with small amounts of plant matter. It is worth noting in the aquarium they will accept dried foods of a suitable size but should not be fed these exclusively. Daily meals of small live and frozen fare such as Daphnia, Artemia, bloodworm, etc., will result in the best colouration and condition.

This species is feisty and generally unsuitable for the general community aquarium. This does not mean they are to be kept alone, but tankmates must be selected with care and proper research.

Slow-moving or long-finned species should certainly be omitted because they’re likely to struggle with the necessary level of water movement and may end up with nipped fins. Placid bottom-dwellers such as Corydoras also tend to be easy targets for territorial Schistura and are best avoided.

Sexually mature males appear to develop enlarged lips and mouthparts as in some other members of the genus.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution Western Ghats, India
Temperature 18-24C
Size 5CM
Water Parameters Slightly hard and acidic
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Schooling Fish No
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Care Level Easy
Sociability Aggressive
Diet Adaptable

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