"borneo Sucker" - What Exactly Is It? Hillstream?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by jscherman2, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. jscherman2

    jscherman2Valued MemberMember

    A LFS has a "Borneo Sucker", looks like a Hillstream loach though. I've looked at a few websites and one that I found has "Hillstream Loach" as an alternative name. What's confusing is that the websites that call out Borneo sucker vs. Hillstream Loach seem to have different info. I.e.: one website says the Borneo sucker gets 1.5 - 2", while Hillstream loach says 3-4".

    Anyone here know the definitive answer? At only $6 a pop I'd love to grab a couple for my community aquarium if I can.

  2. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Can you send a pic?
  3. OP

    jscherman2Valued MemberMember

    Guess they're not "the same" but related.

    Here's a pic from Google but the ones in the LFS look the same.
  4. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Unless your community tank is a river setup, its best to have a specialised setup that replicates the cool fast water stream where they come from...

    ILLBETHEJUDGEValued MemberMember

    i have kept those successfully in a planted 120 gallon. they like fast moving water and rocks but properly cared will do well in a community tank.
  6. Seasoldier

    SeasoldierWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like what you first said a Borneo Sucker (Gastromyzon farragus), it is a type of hill stream loach that is native to Malaysian Borneo. It is known for its grey body coloration, whitish spots, and occasional blue highlights on its fins. As already mentioned they come from fast flowing highly oxygenated waters so you'll need to replicate that to keep it happy but I guess if you have good water movement & maybe an air pump & stone it will be OK.