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06-29-2013, 10:32 PM #1
The Hillstream Loach a Pleco Alternative?
Recently I have been looking for a good alternative algae eater to the common pleco. In my search I have considered ottos, snails, and rarer plecos such as the butterfly and the bristle-nose. However, I also discovered a fish of particular interest to me called the Hillstream Loach and I was wondering if anyone had some experience with these fish either good or bad. Thanks.
06-30-2013, 03:48 AM #2
Hillstream loaches need a specialized tank that imitates the fast moving and highly oxygenated streams they come from and most of our aquariums are not properly set up for them. I would not recommend them for a tank unless it was set up especially for them.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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06-30-2013, 05:13 AM #3
06-30-2013, 03:37 PM #4
I've kept almost all the most common algae eating critters in one or more of my tanks and the species I've been most impressed with is the nerite snail. They've done a wonderful job in any of the tanks I've put them in.300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras, new world cichlids
125 gallon office tank: Africian cichlids, synodontis catfih
75 gallon community tank: bolivian rams, black skirt tetras, dwarf neon rainbowfish, corys, harlequin rasboras, otos, bristlenose and bulldog plecos, assassin snails, various shrimp
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
06-30-2013, 04:05 PM #5
Yeah. While I was doing some research on the Hillstream I found that they shouldn't be kept in temperatures above 75 degrees, and where I live it's a battle to keep my aquariums below 80 during the summer months. I like this idea of the nerite snail Brhino. I kept one many years ago when I was just a youngster and remember it being quite the voracious eater.
06-30-2013, 05:07 PM #6
I don't believe hillstream loaches eat algae anyway. If I recall correctly, they eat the fauna that lives on the algae/rocks.125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats
QTs - 29, 20H, 20L, 10
06-30-2013, 05:36 PM #7
07-12-2013, 08:27 AM #8
I used to have a tank with 2 Pseudogastromyzon myersi, they were somewhat aggressive towards eachother but other than that they're pretty cool fish though they need a specific tank.