• Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
  • Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)

Chinese Hillstream Loach (Beaufortia kweichowensis)

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This is the Chinese Hillstream Loach, also known as the Butterfly Hillstream Loach, Hong Kong pleco, and Chinese sucker fish.  Like the Reticulated Hillstream Loach, this is among the most unique-looking critters we have to offer.  These fish come from the rapid-moving streams of Asia, and their flat, streamlined bodies are built to withstand those strong currents.  This fish's beautiful shape is embellished with an intricate dappled pattern that resembles leopard spots.

We sell these fish in a school of 3 because they are known to do best in groups of 3 or more.  These fish are shipped small, but will grow up to 2 to 2-1/2 inches in length.  They need plenty of oxygen in the tank to survive, as well as colder temperatures (68° to 75° F).  Warmer water has less oxygen in it, so this fish is not likely to survive in temperatures above 75° F.  In ideal conditions, they can live for 8 to 10 years.  They should be kept in water with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH level.

These fish are peaceful and considered safe to keep with other fish, snails, shrimp, and live plants.  They eat algae and other biological matter, as well as most types of fish food.  They are primarily bottom-dwellers, but they also spend plenty of time scaling the aquarium walls for algae.
 
 
What We Like About This Fish:
  • Extraordinary-looking with its highly unique, hydrodynamic shape and beautiful pattern
  • Long lifespan if kept in ideal conditions
  • Safe with plants
  • Completely peaceful
  
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS: 
  • Temperature61° - 75° F (16° - 24° C)
  • pH:  6.5 - 8.0
  • KH:  2 - 15 dKH
  • Minimum tank size:  30 gallons (per school of 3)
  
CARE GUIDELINES:
  • Diet:  Omnivorous.  Eats algae and will accept high-quality dried foods and meaty foods such as live or frozen bloodworms.  Their diet should be supplemented with algae wafers, spirulina, and/or fresh vegetables.
  • Social behavior:  Peaceful and best kept in groups of 3 or more.  Should not be kept with territorial or aggressive tankmates.
  • Origin:  Xi Jiang (West River) system in southern China
  • Average adult size:  2.5 - 3 inches (6.4 - 7.6 cm) 
  • Average purchase size:  1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) 

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