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uncwnells
04-22-2009, 11:42 PM
I bought what was labeled as a Chinese Butterfly Sucker tonight at my local fish store. Upon doing some research I am thinking it is a Butterfly Hillstream Loach as the title states. I will get some pics of it asap, I got him for $10.99 did I get a deal or over pay? Also, anything special I need to know about these guys? He is in my 40g breeder planted tank with an ac50 and a xp3 for filtration. I really like the way this little guy looks, but I have only seen his top twice!

timeneverfreezes
04-22-2009, 11:48 PM
I hear they are hard to feed and even experienced loach keepers consider them advanced, but don't let that discourage you.

devder1
04-22-2009, 11:50 PM
is this the one that looks like a mini stingray?

Lupin
04-22-2009, 11:51 PM
They're not hard to feed once they are used to the captive lifestyle. Algae is their primary diet but they take bloodworms, pellets, etc readily. The only issue is providing the right environment albeit cool temperature and fast flowing waters as their style of comfort. If you got Beaufortia kweichowensis, it's overpriced. Sewellia lineolata should be at right price.

uncwnells
04-22-2009, 11:54 PM
is this the one that looks like a mini stingray?

Yeah, Looks like a tiny little skate!

timeneverfreezes
04-22-2009, 11:57 PM
There's a good article on loaches.com I was interested in getting some so I've started my research.

http://www.loaches.com/articles/hillstream-loaches-the-specialists-at-life-in-the-fast-lane

uncwnells
04-22-2009, 11:57 PM
They're not hard to feed once they are used to the captive lifestyle. Algae is their primary diet but they take bloodworms, pellets, etc readily. The only issue is providing the right environment albeit cool temperature and fast flowing waters as their style of comfort. If you got Beaufortia kweichowensis, it's overpriced. Sewellia lineolata should be at right price.

If it likes algae hes in the right tank, I am a pro at growing that stuff, its the plants that I just cant seem to get the hang of. The lighting is a 96w power compact with a dual sunlight bulb. Do you think the output of the xp3 is strong enough if I am using the nozzle and not the spray bar? Are these guys like other loaches in that they prefer to live in groups?

Thanks for the link timeneverfreezes, looks very helpful!

abarilot
04-23-2009, 12:52 AM
I have two of the little guys and they are awesome!!! They havent really tackled any of the algae that grows in my tank, so you'll still might have to clean unfornuately. So far mine eat algae waffers, blood worms, brine shrimp, and I've seen them eat some zucchini! Make sure you dont keep them with aggressive tank mates cuz they cant defend themselves. I had to get rid of an a-hole rainbow shark cuz he kept picking on my them and some other fish. If you do get more and they "fight" dont worry cuz they are pretty much harmless towards each other. Good Luck with your little guy!!!

Lupin
04-23-2009, 12:56 AM
If it likes algae hes in the right tank, I am a pro at growing that stuff, its the plants that I just cant seem to get the hang of. The lighting is a 96w power compact with a dual sunlight bulb. Do you think the output of the xp3 is strong enough if I am using the nozzle and not the spray bar? Are these guys like other loaches in that they prefer to live in groups?
The hillies won't care how strong the output is. They will however enjoy it. Go for it. Hillies tend to be territorial although in skirmishes lasting even 30 minutes, no damage is done.

abarilot
04-23-2009, 1:06 AM
Quick question: how long do Sewellia lineolata live for?

uncwnells
04-23-2009, 1:42 AM
Thanks for all the help and great info!

Lupin
04-23-2009, 2:13 AM
Quick question: how long do Sewellia lineolata live for?
Certainty of age has not been documented yet since it was discovered only in early 2007 I believe.

abarilot
04-23-2009, 1:48 PM
Certainty of age has not been documented yet since it was discovered only in early 2007 I believe.

Hmm didnt know that! How long will the other hillstream loaches live for?

Lupin
04-23-2009, 7:22 PM
Hmm didnt know that! How long will the other hillstream loaches live for?
Longest that I know of is seven years. 5 years seem the norm.

uncwnells
04-24-2009, 5:09 PM
This little guy was a great addition to the tank, and looks just like a tiny skate!!