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post #1 of 5 Old 09-14-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Ever heard of a Ring loach?

It's listed as Schistura denisoni dayi, and I saw it at the LFS.

Anyone know how big it gets?

I saw 2-3cm in one place, but I'm not sure...

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There's not much data available online. The genus is a large one, but not common in the hobby it seems. It is a cyprinid, not a catfish by the way.

This species was originally named Nemachilus dayi by Hora in 1935. It was determined to be a subspecies of N. denosinii by Menon I think in 1987. Banerascu & Nalbant (1995) moved it to the genus Schistura and restored its distinct species status, and this has been accepted so it is now Schistura dayi (Hora 1935).

Fisbase says it attains 7.4 cm (3 inches). It inhabits small shallow swift-flowing streams in the hills in India, with sand and pebble gravel substrates. From this I would assume it needs a riverine aquascape with a sufficient current, much like the Hillstream loach that occurs in near-identical habitats in China.

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Wow, thanks.

I was trying to find a tankmate for my Betta in a heavily planted 5 gallon...

I guess 3 would be out of the question. Think it would fit?
I would assume the tank is well-oxygenated since it's extremely well-lit with lots of plants, and Bettas take most of their oxygen from the atmosphere...

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Wow, thanks.

I was trying to find a tankmate for my Betta in a heavily planted 5 gallon...

I guess 3 would be out of the question. Think it would fit?
I would assume the tank is well-oxygenated since it's extremely well-lit with lots of plants, and Bettas take most of their oxygen from the atmosphere...
I would not mix betta with these loaches, they are poles apart in their needs. Betta need quiet water, a stagnant swamp suits them to a "T". This loach needs a flowing stream, quite the opposite. Water movement is not only a question of oxygen, but of providing the natural environment the fish species will feel "at home" in.

Suitable loaches for a betta are the dwarf species, we have two in our profiles. The more common dwarf or chain loach, Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, or the banded loach, Yunnanilus cruciatus. I have both of these, a group of five each, in my 33g SE Asian pond tank with smaller gourami species, Dario dario, lambchop rasbora. They are splendid together. A small sponge filter circulates the water but minimally. And lots of plants esp floating. My red tiger lotus are now almost covering the surface with leaves, and the gourami (Trichopsis pumila and Parasphaerichthys ocellatus) spend most of their time cruising beneath the floating leaves, as do the Dario dario from time to time. The two loach species browse over plant leaves and stems, wood and the substrate.

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I had to rule out the chain loach due to price, but the banded loach is definately an option.

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