Horsefaced Loach (Acantopsis choirorhynchos)
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246 Litres (65 US G.)
20.3-30.5cm (8-12 ")
6.5 - 7.8
25-27.8°C (77 -82 °F)
- 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.
- 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.
- A peaceful Loach, keep with peaceful tank mates. Keep this Loach in groups of at least 3 or 4, not singly.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- 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.
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