Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)
Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)

Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus)

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This beautiful loach displays white and black vertical stripes as a juvenile and gold and black reticulated patterns as an adult.  It is very peaceful with dwarf shrimp, has a very active and outgoing personality, and is very hardy in a mature aquarium that is rich in algae and biofilm.

The Panda Loach (Yaoshania pachychilus) is a very rare freshwater loach that is native to Southern China.  It is known for its beautiful juvenile and adult coloration, its peaceful yet outgoing demeanor, and its fascinating social behavior with members of its own species.  This fascinating, peaceful fish is an algae and biofilm grazer that is an excellent candidate for the mature subtropical aquarium.  

An aquarium with heavy water flow (10-15x turnover per hour) and very clean, clear water is required for the Panda Loach.  Like the well-known hillstream loaches, this loach is native to shallow, clear, fast-flowing waters and it is sensitive to declines in water quality, so regular aquarium maintenance and maximum oxygen saturation are absolutely necessary.

The Panda Loach is a biofilm and algae grazer in nature.  It is known to usually accept frozen meaty foods, but such foods should only be fed occasionally.  This fish will also sometimes accept high-quality dry foods that are rich in plant matter, but it is absolutely essential that biofilm and algae are naturally available in the aquarium to ensure its long-term health or else it may slowly starve.  As long as it is kept in a well-maintained, mature aquarium with good biofilm and algae growth as well as high water flow, the Panda Loach is a hardy and entertaining fish.  It will not bother aquarium plants.  In fact, Anubias species are an excellent plant to keep with this loach because Anubias can foster significant biofilm/algae growth in an aquarium with moderate to high lighting.

The Panda Loach is a very social species, especially as an adult, so it should be kept in groups.  Most small rasboras, tetras, hillstream loaches, and other small, peaceful fish are good tankmates for the Panda Loach.  Since they inhabit similar waterways, many smaller freshwater goby species are ideal tankmates as well.  Due to its small size and diet, the Panda Loach can also be kept with dwarf shrimp, although it might eat a few of their fry.  Dwarf shrimp are particularly good tankmates in larger aquariums where they can find areas of lower water flow.  Peaceful bottom-dwelling fish are also a possibility, but care must be taken to make sure that the Panda Loach is not outcompeted for food.

Little reliable information is known about the breeding habits of the Panda Loach. However, it is not necessarily unlikely that it will soon be bred in the aquarium world, especially with the recent progress in breeding other loach species by many individuals.  

 

What We Like About This Fish:

  • Beautiful coloration in both juvenile and adult forms
  • Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
  • Interesting, active social behavior when kept in colonies
  • Safe with dwarf shrimp

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:

  • Temperature: 68° - 75° F (20° - 23.9° C). Higher temperatures can be tolerated temporarily with extremely high oxygen content..
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • KH: 4 - 8 dKH
  • Minimum Tank Size: 20+ gallons for a small group.

CARE INFORMATION:

  • Diet: Omnivorous.  Typically accepts some dry foods and frozen foods, but requires ample algae and biofilm for longevity.  A diet too high in protein can cause serious health problems or even death in this species.
  • Social Behavior: Peaceful.  Juveniles appear solitary, but adults exhibit schooling behavior.  
  • Origin: Southern China
  • Average Adult Size: 2 – 2.4 inches (5 - 6 cm)
  • Average Purchase Size: .3 - 1 inch (.8 - 2.5 cm)

 

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This colorful tetra is a true aquarium hobby classic!

These little tetras are one of the more beautifully colored fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby!  They have a silver body and feature a shimmering red/pink stripe throughout the middle of their body.  Their eye-catching coloration has made them one of the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums today.  They are great for beginners and experts alike, and they thrive in any well-established aquarium that meets their recommended water parameters.  These fish stay small, growing no larger than one to two inches, which makes them an excellent choice for small-sized tanks!

Glowlight Tetras are very peaceful and make great additions to community aquariums.  However, they should only be kept in tanks with other non-aggressive fish that are similar in size.  They are a schooling fish, and their schools create a magnificent display of colors in motion that has to be seen to be believed!  These fish do best in densely planted aquariums with plenty of hiding places.  This can be achieved with rocks and caves, driftwood, and live plants (good ones include mosses or tall plants that will reach the middle level of the aquarium, such as green cabomba, moneywort, java ferns, etc.).  Since they are a schooling fish, they can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of 6 and 12.

Glowlight Tetras spend most of their time within the middle and top levels of the aquarium.  These fish are not recommended for new tanks, as they may have problems in tanks that are not well-cycled.  It is important to acclimate Glowlight Tetras to a new tank slowly, because they can be sensitive to changes in water parameters.  They are known to be difficult to breed in captivity; the water conditions must be perfect for them to spawn.  Interestingly, the bright colors on these fish tend to become dimmer at night.  This is normal and does not indicate sickness or weakness in the tetras.

What We Like About This Fish:

Iridescent red stripe that add bright bursts of color to any aquarium set-up

Its small size makes it an ideal candidate for the nano aquarium

Safe with plants

Completely peaceful

Very hardy and adaptable

All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
pH: 5.5 - 7.5, but highly adaptable to many conditions
KH: 4 - 10 dKH
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons


CARE GUIDELINES:
Diet: Omnivorous. Will readily accept most fish flakes and pellets, as well as most small foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Essequibo, Guyana
Average adult size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)
Average purchase size: 1/4 - 1 inch (0.6 - 2.5 cm)

For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday
 

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

Shipping Rate

Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.

 

 

Q: What are the ideal tank mates for Glowlight Tetras?
A: Glowlight Tetras do best with other small, peaceful fish. Ideal tank mates include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, and small livebearers like Guppies or Mollies.

Q: How often should I feed Glowlight Tetras?
A: Glowlight Tetras should be fed 1-2 times a day. Provide only as much food as they can consume in 2-3 minutes to avoid overfeeding and water quality issues.

Q: What should I do if my Glowlight Tetras are not schooling?
A: Ensure you have at least 6-12 Glowlight Tetras, as they are schooling fish and feel more secure in larger groups. Also, check if there are any stressors in the tank such as aggressive tank mates or poor water quality.

Q: Can Glowlight Tetras live with shrimps and snails?
A: Yes, Glowlight Tetras are generally safe with non-aggressive invertebrates like shrimps and snails. They add a nice dynamic to the aquarium and help with cleaning.

Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female Glowlight Tetras?
A: Males are usually slimmer and may have more intense coloring, especially during breeding times. Females tend to be rounder and slightly larger, particularly when carrying eggs.

Q: What signs of illness should I watch for in Glowlight Tetras?
A: Watch for changes in color, fin rot, spots, or unusual swimming behavior. Common illnesses include ich, fin rot, and swim bladder issues. Quarantine affected fish and treat the tank if necessary.

Q: What lighting conditions do Glowlight Tetras prefer?
A: Glowlight Tetras thrive in subdued lighting conditions, which mimic their natural habitat. Moderate lighting with plenty of plants for shade creates an ideal environment for them.

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