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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 place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all 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: build in progress
75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
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 - big fish - BGK
125 - cichlid community - cichlids (red severums, chanchitos, bolivian rams, blue acara, chocolate), rainbows (yellow, turquoise, red and boesmani), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis, golden wonder killis
90 - african community - Congo tetras, african knife, african butterflies, spotted ctenopoma, palmas bichir, african featherfin
10 - female pink convict
5 - betta/ADFs
QTs - 2x29, 20H, 20L
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.