The shop owner told me they were tropical fish and could go in my 29g with my betta and glowlight tetras. They were adorable so I bought two of them. And then started doing some research... Sigh. The store owner was very defensive about selling them to me and said he'd kept them in normal tropical tanks. I wondered how long they had lived. Fortunately, I'm way over-filtered with a 50g HOB + a 20g rated sponge filter, so I have a lot of water movement. I've added a long airstone I had laying around, so they aren't dead yet.
I got a 20 long on Craigslist yesterday and want to set up a better tank for them. We named them Thing 1 and Thing 2 so you know if they have names you have to take the best possible care of them that you can. I have to wait for a stand to be shipped as no one had one locally (well, unless I wanted to spend over$100 that is.) I looked up care and saw the schematics for building a river tank but I don't have the tools or the skill to do that. What can I cobble together that will work for them?
I ordered them some Soylant Green from Amazon and have no idea what or if they are eating right now. I'm putting down both Hikari Tropical and Tropical Algae wafers but have not seen either fish go near them. So I worry about these guys and hope they will be okay until I can get their tank set up.
And I just wanted a couple of really neat fish for my tropical tank...
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I'm not very experienced with Hillstream Loaches and certainly not well qualified to advise but am replying so you get a friendly response.
Firstly, I would think that as grazers they would be better off in a mature tank than something newly set up for them. Mine were lucky in this regard and had algae covered wood and glass to browse but they were also very able to locate and eat normal fish foods such as flakes and frozen bloodworm.
I kept a trio of what were called Gastromyzon borneenis in a 48" tank with other small fish at 73F. Two climbed out and dessicated fairly early on as the tank had cut outs for the cables that the loaches could fit through. However, when this was attended to the third fish lived for many years, eleven years in fact (I looked it up in my records).
I would give them current. This is easily provided by careful siting of filter and powerhead outlets and a little experimentation. The fish will choose their favourite locations.
My substrate was sand and mine had no difficulty visiting the sand to feed. It was a lively fish and well able to compete for food with Corydoras, Whiptails, Lepthoplosternum, Pareutropius Cats and small tetras.
This tank was a very healthy one and all fish lived very long and healthy lives with not one instance of disease. It had a filter and heater at each end, no lights just filtered daylight from the north (so no direct sunlight), Java Fern growing on arched driftwood branches and benefited from a daily 2 gal water change and regular rinsing of the filter media.
Sorry I can't give much help but I hope you appreciate me taking 30 mins out of my busy schedule to ensure you at least get a friendly welcome.
Hope this helps and welcome to the loach world!
I finally identified them. They are Sewellia SWE01 - aka the Spotted Butterfly Loach. They aren't even studied enough to have a proper Latin name. I have read Martin's article and am using his updated version of tank building to create my own tank. It will be a semi-new tank in that I have two large pieces of driftwood that hopefully have some biofilm on them. I also have a lot of capability to put in substrate and filtering material that will get the tank balanced relatively quickly. I also ordered Repashy Soilent Green which is a direct replacement for aufwuchs, although I plan to try to grow some algae in an outside tank.
I am putting a 70g Aquaclear filter in the 20 long as well as a powerhead. My biggest problem at the moment is finding some river rocks to stock the tank. I don't live in an area where they are common.
Thanks for the replies and if there is a better forum for my Sewellia, let me know.
Keep us posted on your tank!
I hope this has been of help. Don't hesitate to ask if you have anymore questions. As the others said, this forum is not as active as it once was. I am one of the last of the "old timers" on here and I don't get on here as much as I used to.
I think you will enjoy your hillstreams.Most people (myself included) tend to get hooked once you start keeping them. I presently have about 15 species of hillstreams and have had several others over the years. I have had 5 species spawn and have had a couple of fish for 15 years. They are my favorite group of loaches.
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