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Mary E. Hyland - 2011-11-19
I have had two of these "C.H.Loach" and getting a real kick out of them. They disappear for long periods and just as I start to worry, I find them hanging on the upper areas of the glass. They're currently tiny so disappear easily into the many plants and driftwood. I now know I have to get a few more to give them a "family".

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    coree - 2011-11-06
    I'm getting one of these I had to get rid of my comet goldfish he was 6'' and other fish too.

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    Erin - 2010-01-01
    Hello...,

    About a year ago, I purchased two pale little loaches that came in as contaminants in a shipment of other fish. Being a loach enthusiast, I recognized them as something different, but was not able to ID them right away. By the following day, after placing them in QT, they had coloured up so much I scarcely recognized them, displaying many dark stripes and a red tail. This became especially apparent when I dropped food in the tank, and was then able to identify them as Schistura Mahnerti. They ate ravenously at first, and "caught" their food in a lively and entertaining way. None of the food reached the bottom of the tank. As the food was floating down, they would jump into the mid water column and do loop-de-loops to catch it. For the first while, these two fish were very social with eachother and could be seen playing and resting together. They are now adults, and have reached a size of about 2.5" each. Their colouration is spectacular with their dark stripes and red tails, though one has become significantly darker than the other. Even though I have them in a 4-ft, 55 Gallon tank, there are occasional territorial squabbles, the latest resulting in a 2mm wound in the side of the lighter-coloured fish. However, the two Schistura are very friendly towards the other fish and loaches, sharing their underlog territories with kuhli, pepper, and weather loaches. Each fish has claimed a log on opposite sides of the tank, spending most of the day resting there and darting out occasionally to look around or to eat. I would not classify this as a social fish with those of its own kind, though it can be tolerant and even friendly with other species. If another injury results, I will have to consider splitting them up. Other than that, this fish has been an interesting and entertaining addition to my loach community. I would reccommend it to those who can provide clean water with reasonable flow. At least 4ft. of space, and even more I would recommend for more than one individual. I am planning on upgrading to a 75 Gallon, and will see if the increase in width of the tank will make a difference in their territorial skirmishes, though I have a feeling it is the length that makes the difference. Be sure to provide a secluded territory for each fish.

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    Ursula Davies - 2007-05-04
    I got a Hillstream Loach, and he is the only one at the moment but I will get some more after reading this, though I was unsure of what he was when I got him. He is very friendly and loves my other fish! Also pretty :)

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    • Ryan Charles - 2011-04-13
      Can they grow quite big in a MASSIVE aquarium if you move the tank size every year???
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    Glan - 2011-02-25
    They're not THAT peaceful. We have a male & female and the male will chase other fish regularly. He'll actually fight with a BN pleco in the tank.

    They LOVE good water circulation - without it they will die. Lesson, get a powerhead!

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    Nigel - 2008-03-16
    They love running water. Try pouring water down the side of your tank while changing water and they'll scurry up well above the water level! I got two for $2 here in Singapore. They're quite hardworking at algae after they adjust to the tank. So far I've not fed them much and they seem to be doing alright in a bright set-up.

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    • Nina - 2010-11-30
      Ahh my borneo sucker fish is swimming frantically up and down the glass of my tank. Will it jump out? I just got it today...?
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    Matt - 2009-10-12
    I just purchase a Chinese Hillstream Loach from an unfamilier pet shop I had never been too. They are selling them under the name "Stingray Pleco". Very cool little fish. After this read I'll go back and get it some friends.
    Thanks for all the helpful information.

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    • kevin - 2010-02-19
      Yeah theres a LFS near my house that named them "stone sucker" might buy them :)
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    greg - 2009-01-15
    I have one Ornate loach. I know it will eat guppies and other small fish. I gave it a worm but did not see it eat it but it is gone.

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    MIKEY - 2008-07-11
    I have two Chinese Hillstream loach fish in a 100 gallon community tank. Soon after I got them I noticed several groups of grayish eggs laid on the side and back aquarium glass in groups of 6 to 15 eggs each. The first groups hatched and I assumed the fry got eaten. The second time I tried to suck the eggs off the glass with a siphon hose but they were cemented so strong to the glass that they could not be removed without destroying them. The third time I watched them like a hawk as right after they hatched I siphoned the gravel directly below where the eggs had been laid. The result was two orangish gold fry with very long tails. They were free swiming at once and could move fast. Unlike many other fish fry these didn't lay in one spot while they absorbed the egg nutrients. They stay on the bottom of a white plastic cooler into which I placed well aged water and frozen baby brine shrimp. Now, I'm not saying these are baby Chinese Hillstream loaches, but no other fish in the aquarium breeds like this except maybe cory cats, and they seem to prefer laying their eggs on plants. Hopefully they will live and get big enough to I.D. Interestingly the adult Hillstream loaches seem to like hanging out together IN THE SAME TWO AREAS the three batches of eggs have been laid. If this happens again I will try removing the eggs with a razor blade and see if that works. Oh, by the way, half the eggs turned bright white which I take as an indication they either were not fertilized or were infected with fungus. Wish me, and the fish, luck.

    Oh, by the way, I got one of the Power Glo T5 lights (double 48")and my plants have just about taken over the tank. I've had to do 5 or 6 drastic harvests in the last 6 months. At this rate selling my extra plants back to the pet store will pay for the light system in about a year. The system with bulbs set me back about $150 but both the fish and plants love the result. I do two, except for the required duckweed removal work every other week.

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    TED - 2007-11-30
    I purchased two at $10 dollars a piece. After the first month of living in a 30 gallon tank, I transferred them to a 55 gallon and shortly thereafter one died. The other appears to be doing fine and is active. I intend to purchase several more after reading about their social habits. I have a box filter hanging outside the aquarium - you know the one. I spotted several slivers on the side of the box that look like zebra danio but they haven't moved, so I'm wondering if they are loaches. EXCITING!

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