02-09-2009, 11:47 PM
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I just read this at loaches.com:
"They will take prepared foods, but ultimately, it seems that algae and all the little goodies it contains are a large contributor to long term success with these fish. In their natural habitat, they graze the rocks for micro organisms (aufwuchs).
Therefore, they are not suited to fresh, newly set up tanks. They will take pellet food, flake, Algae wafers, shrimp pellets, live and frozen foods, particularly frozen Bloodworm and Brine Shrimp. Jim Powers feeds his fish blanched kale leaves, which they relish.
Several of us that have been keeping them for a while have set up a small aquarium outside in a sunny position and placed easily movable pebbles in it to allow algae to grow on them. If you have enough, they can be rotated to give a steady supply of green-stuff to your Hillstreams who will relish the treat."
I've also read numerous places that they can reach 3". If it was me I'd want to house him in a larger tank.