Horse Face Loach Care Guide


Horseface Loach
(Acantopsis choirohynchos)

Common names:
Horse face loach, Long-nosed loach, Horsefaced loach, Horsehead loach.

Size: 20cm, but 30cm reported in some cases.

pH: 6.0 – 7.0

Tempº: 25ºC - 29ºC

Tank region: Bottom layer

Origin: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Maylaya, Indonesia (Sumatra and Java), Borneo, Vietnam.

Gender: Females are larger and have a more reddish colour than males.

Notes: Horseface loaches are unusual and quirky burrowing loaches who can be difficult to find in local fish shops. They are a good larger loach to keep, and enjoy burrowing and sifting the substrate through their gills so sand is really a must for any Horsefaced loach tank! As a result of their burrowing, they can uproot plants (especially large specimens) so you should make sure any live plants are firmly anchored in the soil.

They will not eat live plants as they are Carnivorous, but will take most bottom feeder pellets and enjoy live food. If they are properly cared for, they are incredibly difficult to catch so it is almost a must to give them a tank big enough for the full grown animal to start with instead of upgrading as the Loaches age. It is a social species so needs to be kept in groups of at least 3.

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