Butterfly/Hillstream Loach

jmark419

Thinking about adding one of these to my tank. I already have a common pleco and golden nugget. Wondering if anyone knows if this Loach would fit in well? How big do they get?
 

Butterfly

and heres some more info
They need cooler, fast running, highly oxygenated water. You need several, singles from my experience don't do well.
Carol
 

jmark419

Yes that is the one Tom. Yes I did read they need to be in at least 2 or 3's to do well. Is there something that oxygenates water?
 

Butterfly

I'm such a dunce today I forgot the link

Carol
 

jmark419

Thanks butterfly I did read that one and it has convinced me that my tank is not set up for these guys but maybe in the future. The do look very cool.
 

Butterfly

Heres some pics They look like little space ships flitting from rock to rock
carol

click the bottom link to see them move.
Carol
 

jmark419

Very cool!! Is that yours?
 

Butterfly

Yes those are mine.
carol
 

jmark419

So do you have a set up like suggested in that article? How long have you had them and how many do you have?
 

Butterfly

The best tank set up I ever had was a 20 gallon long unheated tank(there was a heater set at 65F just in case) with a bubbler down the whole back to provide more water movement and as such more oxygen. Most of the time I kept two filters on it also to make sure the water was super clean. Lots of rocks with algae and plants. I kept white clouds with them for dithers. They are well worth setting up a special tank for them I had had them almost three years and there were nine. I just lost all of them during a recent move.
Carol
 

jmark419

Sorry to hear they didn't make it through the move. Maybe I will convert my 30 gallon once I upgrade that tank to a bigger one.
 

Butterfly

Thanks I think you will enjoy them.
Carol
 

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