These are fun to watch and easy fish to care for.
They are smaller than the other regular Stiphodon and Sicyopus species which make them great for a smaller tank.
-They love water flow and live near falling waters that enhance the oxygen exchange.
This is a super fish for those of you who do NOT want to clean so much inside of the tank.
Asking why? The reason is : A properly set up fast current will put the detritus garbage in the filter where it belongs.
As long as your filter set up is easy to reach, then your all set.
Try to work smart on the equipment or it will get old fast. We all know this over time.
Simple powerheads under the water connected to various PPI (pores per inch) foam will help get the tank tuned in for the load in the tank.
A simple hang on filter added the situation will put the "icing on the cake", competing the waterfall effect for the oxygen they like.
I like the Tidal series that has the surface skimmer.
It helped pull the oil film off the top of the water from serving slimy Black worms.
They love Algae wafers and rocks covered with a bit of it naturally to graze on.
Personally, I wanted a low maintenance medium sized planted tank with a bunch of them.
It is a bit like having a planted shrimp tank. There is not much to do as opposed to the work load of the community fish tank loads.
A small group of either of the little species decribed would definitely not hurt a small tank.
They get along with nano shrimp too.
There are so many small tanks on the market that would serve them well.
If I had no room, a Fluval Flex9, Mr Aqua 12 long, or even a host of other small tank would do great.
Think about it.
- Lovely little species.
Stiphodon cf. rutilaureus and Stiphodon annieae.
An adult Panda loach is larger in size as seen in the 2nd photo.