Stingray Pleco (Gastromyzon borneensis)

Photo of: Stingray Pleco (Gastromyzon borneensis)

Scientific Name(s): Gastromyzon borneensis, Gastromyzon punctulatus, Pseudogastromyzon myersi


Common Name(s): Stingray Pleco, Hong Kong Pleco, Borneo Sucker, Hillstream Loach, Chinese Butterfly Fish, Butterfly Pleco, Butterfly Loach


Family: Balitoridae


Species Type: Asian Loaches/Catfish


Maximum Size: 3 inches


Life Span: 6 years


Natural Habitat: Asian rivers and streams.


Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom.


Possible Tank Mates: Other peaceful fish with similar water requirements.


Description: A good community fish, they are gentle and peaceful. They will do well with non-aggressive tank mates as well as enjoy other members of their own species. It is recommended that they be kept in groups of at least 3, with larger groups of five to seven being recommended. They are rather shy, but when they move they are quite quick. Although many of the common names for this species contain "Pleco" these are not plecostamus, but loaches.


Temperature Range: 68°F - 75°F



pH Range: 6.2 - 7.2

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Hardness Range: 5° - 15°



Breeding Information: There are reports of the Chinese Hillstream Loach having spawned for hobbyists but not much is known about their breeding habits. They are not yet bred commercially.


Sexing Information: Males tend to be larger than females.


Diet: Omnivorous - Does well with any sinking food.


Temperament: Generally peaceful but may become territorial.


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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Asian Loaches/Catfish


Keith Pardee

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