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Panda Loach; Protomyzon pachychilus

Discussion in 'Loaches' started by blubbi, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. blubbi

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    Hi!
    I just recently got those very cute Panda Loaches (Protomyzon pachychilus) but can't find a lot of info on them.
    Anybody got some experience with them and likes to share it?

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    similar to hillstreams. Inhabit fast flowing, highly oxygenated shallow stream. Stay small. Eats biofilms. Adult color not as pretty.

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    Many thanks, that's good as as a starter!
     
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    Beautiful fish.
     
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    They also prefer slightly cooler water (around 18'C), although mine have been living happily in temps of around 23'C atm with no problems and have even put on some weight...

    BTW, i just noticed your also from Hong Kong... i guess you must have picked them up from Fish Street in Mong Kok...
     
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    Another thing i should point out...

    If you change your tank water using a hose, make sure for both FILLING and EMPTYING the tank you cover the opening with some kind of sponge...

    My Panda loaches one day decided to try and track back up the hose when i was filling my tank and i swear they are powerful swimmers for their size... one of them was literally slowly inching his way back up the hose while i was filling the tank, and if i didn't catch him in time, he probably would have made it all the way to the tap itself over 10ft away...

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    Also, if yours start to breed, please let me know what your tank conditions are like, coz i really would love to get mine breeding to help some of the stores here start stocking them, especially since they are on the endangered species list... which i didn't find out till about a week after purchasing them...
     
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    Thanks for your comments! They currently live together with my Red Bees in around 21C.
    I didn't get them in Mong Kok, seems like they are very rare there. Only saw them in one or two shops there. I got them from a nice store in Kwun Tong.
    Good tip for changing the water, will def watch out for that!
    Though breeding will be one of the goals, seems like it'll still take some while. I have a total of 8 currently but they seem to grow very slow. Only 2 of them noticably grew a little larger with their colour already changing but the other ones stayed quite small. Is that normal?
    Which endangered species list are you reffering to? IUCN lists them as least concern? (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/166101/0)
     
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    Yes when they get bigger they will lose their white stripes and their coloration will be more of a brown with tan stripes.
     
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    Never knew these existed.. I'm def going to be looking these guys up.

    Had that problem with my loaches, them getting sucked up by the siphon as well as panda garras and it was a lesson well learned since the water was going out the window.


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    Good luck looking for these guys. But if you do find some I hope you got deep pockets because these do command a pretty hefty price tag.
     

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