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Hillstream loach pic

Here is a pic of one of new hillstream loaches. Gastromyzon ctenocephalus.
These guys are cold water fish living in extreme current conditions, hence my rivertank setup with unidirectional flow.
Very interesting fish to watch as the "fly" about in the heavy current.
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Nice pic of a great fish!
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These guys are cold water fish
I'm quite sure that these little guys are sold under the pretense that they are adaptable to warm conditions (up to 80F!?!). What temp do you keep them at? Are they active, swimming in the current? I REALLY want to get 3-4, but I am very afraid they will boil in my Blue Ram tank.

Last Q: do you think they would do well in a cherry shrimp tank @75F?
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They need a lot of algae on rocks glass etc as well algae tabs etc.
They have hemoglobin adapted to high oxygen conditions so they need high O2 levels. 75 would not be that comortable but doable.The big thing is they need high current to feel comfortable which also boosts the 02 levels.
Here is a pic of the tank they are living in. 369gph powerhead powers the spray bar with the input at the far end using aqualcear quick filters. Also 2x aquaclear 200's for filtration.
More like a jacuzzi than a standard tank.

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Nice, i saw a good one of these in a book of mine. What plant are all those cool roots coming from?

If i find the book il post some tips in.

Awesome setup.

Edit - Ok, if you remove about a quarter of the water and building up a few rocks to work as a water fall, it looks amazing. The fast flow dropping down also makes a really nice splash or 'white water' which too looks awesome. A small school of minnows should also look awesome in here. How big is it?
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Botia, this is one cool tank!!


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Great picture and a beautiful fish. What size tank is the rivertank? and what are the inhabitants other than the Hillstream Loach?
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Wow, it's like you set that tank up just for that fish! From what I've heard the cherries love current, too, so maybe I can make that a river tank also . . . . hmmmmyesss
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It's a 33G, also housing 3 shistura mahnerti brook loaches, 1 acanthacobitis rubidpinnis (cherry fin) loach and some Beaufortia kweichowensis hillstreams.
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Great picture and a beautiful fish. What size tank is the rivertank? and what are the inhabitants other than the Hillstream Loach?

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Yes the tank was set up just for these fish.Shrimp would be cool and quite safe from hillstreams eating them.
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Here is the setup for them that is best.

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Incidentally I set up my 50gal like this many moons ago, and found the same problem that you have there, that the gavel seems to blow away!!!!

I raised the outlets a little, and that helped the problem.

I also hat the powerheads and filters hidden behidn the plants and then a manifold for the water outlets, which in the end were green clumps of java moss.


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Thats very cool Botia! You can almost feel the current in the tank picture.

Now I'm feeling guilty and might have to put an extra power head in my 90. I just turned the temp down to ~75F a couple nights ago from 77F after realizing the lights (in winter) bring up the temp a degree. My two reticulated Hillstream seem fine so far and are very active. I saw a similar river tank setup on Loach Online website when I was trying to find out the scientific name of the reticulated I just bought. Do you have any idea of that species name? Again, that is really cool you built them a river tank.





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Congrats Botia, awesome setup and the loach is amazing!!

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The species is Gastromyzon ctenocephalus.I have a mix of pool filter sand tahtian moon and some neutral gravel from the local river in there. I prefer the current to move it where it wants for the natural look.
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hehehe, yeah I wanted the rippled floor of a river as the look for the substrate in my tank.

But, alas, it wasnt working that way, as the flow in a tank doesn't work like that. It would just gouge a big oval shaped hole in the substrate, and sweep everything around the rocks away.

Still the loaches wont know the difference They look like they'll be happy rockhoppping that tank


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Beautiful fish. Is there anything special you did to accumulate a sufficient amount of algae as I see on the rocks in the fts?
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