Other Banana Loach Names:
Banana Loach, Horsefaced Loach, Longnosed Loach, Long Nosed Loach
Banana Loach Scientific Name:
Acantopsis choirorhynchos, Acanthopsis choerorhynchus, Acanthopsis choirohynchus, Acanthopsis choirorhynchos, Acanthopsis choirorrhynchus, Acantopsis choerorhynchus, Cobitis choirorhynchos
Banana Loach Temperament:
Species Type: Asian Loaches/Catfish
Banana Loach Adult Size: 12 inches (cm)
Banana Loach Life Expectancy: 5 years
Banana Loach Habitat: Asian streams
Banana Loach Minimum Tank Size:
Peaceful and shy
Banana Loach Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - does well with sinking shrimp pellets and blood worms.
Banana Loach Description:
A fairly easy fish to keep. Tolerates most water parameters without problems, if acclimated properly. Will tolerate brackish conditions well, and has been taken from brackish areas of the rivers/streams it is from.
This fish is ofter confused with the "Long-Nose Loach", Acantopsis octoactinotos. One of the differences between the two species is that the Long Nosed Loach does not burrow as much or as deeply as the Horse Faced Loach. The Long Nose Loach will stay out in the open much more. As they are mostly nocturnal creatures, feeding after the lights are out, is best for these guys. However, they will learn the smell of foods you feed them, and if the substrate is shallow enough, that they can smell the food when placed in the tank, they will learn to come out in the day to eat. A fine substrate like sand, is required to keep these fish happy. They like to burrow into the substrate, and remain there.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Banana Loach Breeding & Spawning:
No known way to breed in captivity
Determining Banana Loach Sex:
No known way to determine visually.
Banana Loach Diseases:
None specific to species
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