Horsefaced Loach (Acantopsis choirorhynchos)

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Horsefaced Loach

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Horsefaced Loach

Acantopsis choirorhynchos

246 Litres (65 US G.)

20.3-30.5cm (8-12 ")


1 - 1.005


6.5 - 7.8

25-27.8°C (77 -82 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Horseface Loach, Long Nosed Loach, Banana Loach

Additional scientific names

Acantopsis biaculeata, Acantopsis choerorhynchus, Acantopsis choirorhynchus


Found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia (Sumatra and Java), Borneo, and Vietnam. Known from the Chao Phraya and Mekong basin.[1]


Females are mostly larger than the males with a broader abdomen. Mature females may also have more of a reddish colour while the males are more silver/grey.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful Loach, keep with peaceful tank mates. Keep this Loach in groups of at least 3 or 4, not singly.


Will accept most foods including sinking pellet and flake as well as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Must have a smooth sandy substrate which they will sift through looking for food and bury themselves. Provide hiding places also, they may bury themselves in the sand. Although this is generally a freshwater fish, it can be acclimated to a low salinity tank (SG less than 1.005).


Spend a lot of time hidden in the tank, not a fish you will see often. Known to be good jumpers so a well fitting lid is a must.


An elongate slender fish with an exceptionally long snout. The body is silver-cream in colour with short brown bands across the spine, with small pale brown scattered spots below and a line of larger deep brown spots down the lateral line. The belly is pale.



  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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