Butterfly Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
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Butterfly Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)


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Common Name: Butterfly Loach
Proper Name: Beaufortia kweichowensis
Category: Loaches
Temperature: 20 - 24 C
Temperament Active,Peaceful
Maximum Size: 6 cm
 
Algae Grower
 
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My loaches are fine in my community tank. Its heavily planted, with a few large rocks and sand substrate. he stays on the rocks. not the best setup for him, but he is fine in most setups.
 
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the care for butterfly loaches is the same as for a hillstream or boreno loach. they require highly oxygenated water and very high/fast waterflow. they are more or less a scavenger that will eat most any food found along the bottom, including blood worms and tubifex worms (which seem to be a favorite of mine) pellet, and wafer foods. you can also feed boiled squash or zuccini and leafy greens. while they do eat algae it should not be their main diet. personally i find these fish to require stable water conditions. Ammonia spikes, and wild temperature changes can lead to death. they are far more enterating and happy in groups, and their territory battles while intense cause no injury to the fish.
 
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I used to have one of these. He stayed in the large area under the filter outlet most of the time, and ate just about everything. I lost him to a tank crash, though. Before that, he was perfectly healthy. One habit he had was he would attempt to sit on my cories when they went after the food he had targeted. That was fun to watch... He'd sort of flop at them, and they'd scoot away before they could get caught. I should mention that they're also called Hillstream Loaches, and may have 'Chinese' somewhere in the name.

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