Until then I'll search around and see if I come across anything I can get. There's no rush. I am sure the shrimp are doing perfect with no fish around
Here in small country in Central Europe, I have plenty of options. Sellers send fish by train, so I need to travel only few kilometers. For example actual stock list of German fish wholesale, I can buy from via Czech reseller: http://katalog.vivarium.cz/ryby-na-objednavku
I was hoping to find something like Gastromyzon ocellatus or Gastromyzon scitulus but I doubt I'll have such luck. I may try contacting some of the larger shops and see if they can order any of these but since I only want 5-6 fish,...I am not sure they'll bother.
It's very good that your LFS is willing to buy loaches "for you" on spec, keep up the good lfs karma, lol.
They are a very small shop though and carry nothing fancy normally so I don't expect anything out of the ordinary because I don't think they have the same connections as the larger ones and he already told me they don't get much choice at ordering as they're just labelled "hillstream loach". I will feel bad if I don't buy the fish though so most likely I'll get what they got. I can always set up a bigger tank for them, the problem is I need a green algae ridden one which takes time. Plus, the idea was to have the type of fish in this specific tank that won't get me tempted to move them into the tropical pond Now I am tempted having a cold water pond too , though I can't squeeze one as big as the one I have but maybe a smaller one one day..
I am waiting more than month for mine new hillstream loaches. The importer is very unreliable, but no one else can offer the fish I want (Gastromyzon punctulatus).
Unfortunately they seem to be to be beaufortia leveretti which aren't the smallest. However, before I bought them I asked the owner and he said definately not beaufortia leveretti but a similar species to them. He said if they were beaufortia leveretti, the supplier would have had it specified because they carry those too but these are "unnamed hillstream loach". I asked if he knew the locality, he said Indonesia. However, they look to me like beaufortia leveretti
The best pictures I have are a couple I took while the fish were in the shop which I have attached below. I tried yesterday but mine came out blurry as the fish were moving very fast. Today a lot of them are somewhere amongst the plants instead of on the glass.
I don't know if its the stress or something else but some of them are beige/light brown in colour and some dark brown. They're small, about 1.5 inch/3cm with some variation up and down
I've been watching them today trying to take a picture. As a rule they've decided to stick to the front glass instead of the back glass so I can't take a proper picture of the colour pattern.
I see that some of them are sort of pushing each other for a spot on the glass. And I saw some browsing the substrate as well, flying like mini rays in and out the planted area. These fish are very fast
I currently do have another tank which only has 5 platies in it, shrimp and snails. It also has extreme flow because I had nowhere else to put my old filters and in manufacutrer's stated rates it has a turnover of 20X. Over the last year I downsized on tank numbers so my current tanks are over-filtered....It is planted as well but not much algae in there. I reduced the temperature in there the other day, just in case I want to split the school of loaches in the future.
Long term I'll be looking to set up a pond for them too but for now they'll have to do in smaller quarters. I'll be doing daily water changes for the next week or so. I am going on holidays in a week....so not happy about leaving them unattended but they'll be fed from time to time.
Any ideas on best food. I feed all my fish new life spectrum, sinking pellets of all sizes and types. I've also got algae based ones from the same brand which contain tiny crustaceans as well. I am not sure how to make sure they eat? The pellets obviously move all the time due to the flow...I put some bloodworms in the tank today but lots of it went into the plants so who knows if they got any or not I know the shrimp did
And here is a picture of two of them hiding during the water change. You can see one dark brown and one light brown version. Why do you think that is? I read somewhere that males and females can be distinguished by the different colour morph but not sure about it...
Here's a couple of more light brown ones.
And one of the dark brown ones
If Seriouslyfish is right, it might be kweichowensis:
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/be ... chowensis/
Dots on light and dark fish looks similar. I think, that light fish are just more stressed. Mine pleco do the same. When they feel good, they are dark. When they are stressed (for example during water change), they are much lighter.
They seem to like browsing the bottom a lot. Majority of them are on the substrate sifting rather than on the sides. They also seem to have dug under the ceramic pot I have in there and I saw one surfing in and out of there. They're also utilising the plant cover well and are in and out of the plants. I saw a couple on the plant leaves. . Other than that so far they're not very shy and they seem quite active little fish. I am very happy to have them.
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