Indian Spiny Loach (Lepidocephalus thermalis)

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Indian Spiny Loach

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Indian Spiny Loach

Lepidocephalus thermalis

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")




6.5 - 7.0

22 -24 °C (71.6-75.2°F)

3-6 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Indian Spiny Loach, Common Spiny Loach

Additional scientific names

Lepidocephalichthys thermalis, Cobitis thermalis


It is difficult to visually sex this fish, although mature females may appear plumper than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful Loach that does best in large groups, at least 3 or more. They are very active and should not be kept with shy or territorial fish.


Will accept most flakes and sinking pellets as well as brine shrimp, daphnia and other live/frozen foods. May occasionally nibble algae.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish must have a sandy, or small gravel, substrate as they will often burrow, and should be provided with plenty of places to hide. They appreciate some current in the tank as they originate from swift-moving hill streams.


An active sociable fish.


An elongated fish with a mottled grey body and pale belly. It has several barbels around its mouth and its eyes are on the top of its head.


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