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Anonymous - 2014-01-20
Hi after some advice please - we have a 75 litre tank with three goldfish. We keep the water clean by replacing 30 percent a week or two weeks max. We have fresh plants and planted wood which we replace when needed. We have a powerful filter and bought three of these Chinese hill stream fish on advice from an aquarium shop but a few weeks later we could only find one - the biggest one left. We thought maybe they were just hiding but a month or so later still no sign, so on Saturday we got two more and now I'm pretty certain they've gone too! We bought them the same size this time in case the original one was a bully but can't find them at all only one left 2 days later! Could he be eating them? There's no evidence of dead fish and the other fish are all lovely and seem happy?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-01-20
    That is very strange that they just disappear with no trace! These loaches are in general very peaceful fish and so it does not make sense that one would be eating all the rest of them. Is it possible they have gotten stuck in any filters or have gotten caught in the plants and you just haven't found them?
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Frank M. Greco - 2006-10-27
I am maintaining a group of 8 without incident. They are highly social loaches and do no damage to each other. I would suggest keeping a minimum of 5, providing you have enough room to do so (they reach about 4.5" TL). Definitely a good loach for beginners.


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monica - 2013-05-23
I got these two hill stream loaches in my 48 gallon community fish tank. never had problems with keeping loaches :-) from my experience hill stream loaches are very easy to look after and keep alive if you take care of them properly :-)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-25
    It is all about water quality with loaches.  A properly cycled tank with proper maintenance makes these fish easy to care for.
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Kim DaFoe - 2013-04-28
I have 2 Zipper Loaches, the male has more of a red tint to this fins. The female is a washed out version of the male. I know I have 1 male & 1 female because, while doing my monthly deep clean , I found a Zipper Loach fry! He has gone back into hiding so I'm not sure if there are others.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-28
    That is so cool! I hope you see more and that they are able to grow up:)
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Brian Walker - 2013-02-22
Hillstream loaches are a fin fish.. I have 5 of them now in a 75 gallon. I'm going to order more.. I keep getting different species every Tim I order..

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Brian Walker - 2013-02-22
Hillstream loaches are a fin fish.. I have 5 of them now in a 75 gallon. I'm going to order more.. I keep getting different species every Tim I order..

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Luis Dien - 2011-07-13
Hello all:

I'm from Costa Rica, and I'm looking for breeders who can sell and send me some Hillstream loaches, butterfly loaches and chinese butterfly loaches... please let me know what can I do cause in Costa Rica are some laws, so, they need to send it directly to my house?
Thank You so much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    I would think almost impossible (because of in the United States they call it Fish and Game) law regarding importation of fish or animals. Isn't there somewhere locally that there is a great fish store in Costa Rica. It is so beautiful there.
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Sasaas - 2009-02-11
Yo, that fish is ugly!!! and big!

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  • Daniel - 2010-05-26
    Really? They only get 3" long, and they're absolutely gorgeous.
  • Dylan - 2012-08-28
    I love this fish. It was very hard for me to find one around me. Most dealers online are out of stock and very expensive when adding shipping and handling to the price. I luckily found one at LFS by me. Mine isn't so much nocturnal and doesn't hide as much (I have lots of caves and places to hide), my black kuhli loaches are a lot more nocturnal and hide a lot more than my batik loach. They only come out when it's feeding time whereas my zodiac loach is out in the open for most of time. Sometimes I see my zodiac loach swimming in the middle of the tank, but most of the time it is hanging out on the bottom.
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tom - 2012-07-31
I have put them in with leapard danios recently will they be alright??? :/

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-31
    Should not be an issue.
  • tom - 2012-07-31
    Thanks the only water flow I have in the tank is made by my filter will that be all right??
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-01
    I would add a powerhead or 2 depending on the size of the tank.
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-02
    Thanks again i just put my hand in the tank to retreive some un eaten food and it scared it off, now its lying on its back still breathing. Is it playing dead or something
  • tom - 2012-08-06
    dont bother replying their both dead :'(
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tracy - 2011-08-19
Hi I got 2 of these fish yesterday. I did all the recommended things before introducing them to my tank. (I have 2 goldfish in there) within hours one was upside down on the bottom looking dead and the other was barely moving. As I got them out they both twitched so put them in a bowl with half tank water and half clean cold water and today they are both lively! Do I put them in the tank again or do I get them another tank? One thing I did notice was that the tank water did feel a little warm, would this have been the cause and would making the water colder in the tank solve the problem.... I already lost 2 last week and these are replacements. I had cleaned the tank before putting the new ones in.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    Always check tank conditions and double check. Place the platic bag the new fish are in - into the tank so they aclimate to any even 1 degree in temperature.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-19
    hi, yes I did put the bag in the tank as you should but they still seemed unhappy. They are now in a different tank and seem to be ok but not convinced. Hopefully they will still be around tomorrow.
  • Dylan - 2011-08-31
    You need to be careful what you put with goldfish. Since they produce a considerable amount of ammonia, many fish are unsuited for goldfish tanks as they are not hardy enough to withstand the amount of waste that goldfish produce. If they were put in a clean tank and are flourishing, I think you have your answer. If you wish to keep them with goldfish, you are going to have to do extremely frequent water changes in order to keep the water quality suitable for the more sensitive fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-08
    What size tank are you using? Do you have a big enough filter? They do sell pouches that remove ammonia. That may help. Test your water to make sure that is the issue, but with goldfish it normally is. Depending on filter you may be able to get inserts for the ammonia as well. Good luck!
  • Jennifer - 2012-07-14
    You should get them a different tank because they are cold water fish the warmer water will put them into shock as you noticed, and can potentially kill them.
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