Eight-Barb Loach (Lefua costata)

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Eight-Barb Loach

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Eight-Barb Loach

Lefua costata

132 Litres (35 US G.)

9-10 cm (3.5-3.9")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.2

18 -22 °C (64.4-71.6°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years

Family

Nemacheilidae



Additional names

Eight-Barb Loach, Eightbarbel Loach, Eight-Whiskered Stone Loach, Rice Loach

Additional scientific names

Diplophysa costata, Lefua costata costata


Origin

Asia: Lakes and rivers of Russian Far East, Korea, Northern Chian and Mongolia.

Sexing

Difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility

Should not mind company of its own kind, and should only be kept with peaceful robust tankmates that appreciate similar water conditions.

Diet

This fish will accept live/frozen foods such as bloodworm and daphnia as well as catfish wafers.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

This fish prefers a shallow tank with dense planting. Substrate should allow for burrowing.

Behaviour

A peaceful burrowing fish.

Identification

A very elongated fish with a bold black lateral line from nose to caudal fin on a pale brown base colour. It has 4 sets of barbels on its nose giving it its common name.

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