Hillstream Loach (Borneo Sucker)


Discover the Hillstream Loach, a remarkable algae eater from Southeast Asia’s fast-flowing rivers, perfect for enhancing well-oxygenated tropical aquariums.

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( 1.25" )

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Introduction to Hillstream Loach Dive into the world of the Hillstream Loach, a fascinating species known for its effective algae grazing abilities and distinctive appearance. Native to the pristine, fast-flowing streams and rivers of Southeast Asia, this loach is a valuable addition to any tropical fish collection, promoting a clean and healthy aquatic environment.

Unique Natural Habitat The Hillstream Loach, part of the Balitoridae family, is found in environments such as the Xi Jiang River System in Southern China. These environments are characterized by fast currents and rocky shelters, ideal for the Hillstream Loach’s active lifestyle.

Distinctive Physical Traits Featuring an elongated, slim body and hydrodynamic shape, Hillstream Loaches are equipped to handle the turbulent waters of their native habitats. They typically exhibit colors like black, white, and olive with spotted patterns, making them a visually appealing choice for aquariums.

Optimal Tank Setup To thrive, Hillstream Loaches require tanks that mimic their natural river habitats, complete with good circulation of oxygen-rich water. A 20-gallon tank or larger, decorated with smooth rocks and fine gravel, provides the perfect environment. The setup should also include moderate to strong water flow to simulate the natural currents these fish are accustomed to.

Behavior and Social Interaction Hillstream Loaches are peaceful yet active, often seen grazing on biofilm on rocks in small shoals. They are generally peaceful but males may establish territories, leading to minor squabbles which are rarely harmful. Compatable with other items in our Community Fish small section.

Diet and Nutrition As omnivores, Hillstream Loaches enjoy a diet that includes live or frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp, along with high-quality dry foods like algae wafers. It’s important to ensure they are not overfed to maintain optimal health.

Breeding Insights Breeding Hillstream Loaches involves males fertilizing eggs laid on flat rocks or gravel. Post-spawning, it’s advisable to separate the adults from the eggs to prevent them from consuming the offspring.

Choosing the Right Hillstream Loach While the reticulated hillstream loach (Sewellia lineolata) is popular, other types like Gastromyzon and Beaufortia also offer unique patterns and traits, catering to diverse aquarium interests.

Why Hillstream Loaches? Ideal for aquarists seeking to add a natural cleaner to their tanks, Hillstream Loaches not only enhance the beauty of an aquarium but also contribute to its cleanliness and balance. Buy Hillstream Loach online from our store and witness the transformation in your aquarium’s ecosystem.

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