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post #1 of 8 Old 02-13-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a borneo pleco, and he looks just like a hillstream pleco. Anyone have any experience with one of these guys? I dont have much algae if any in my tank but i thought he was pretty sweet looking, is the flake food that is not getting eaten and falling to the bottom good enough to keep him going, or should i get some algae wafer's as well?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-13-2012, 10:13 PM
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As from a previous thread here.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-14-2012, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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This dosn't help me at all. It says nothing about feeding and caring for it other then it needs a current that resembles a river.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-14-2012, 01:21 PM
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This is likely to be a species of loach from Asia, commonly seen under many names. One species, the most common, is in our profiles, I called it Hillstream Loach. Click the shaded name to see the profile. These fish have specific requirements respecting water current, lower temperatures, light. [Profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top, by the way.]

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My hillstream loaches were fed with cultured red and green algae, sinking.pellets, bloodworms and everything else that they an reach. Flakes are out of the question if you have fish.in upper levels who will eat them before the hillies do. Hillies like fast flowing waters so I suggest they be kept strictly in a river specialist tank. I.still remember wearing out three powerful pumps in the process due to some erroneous planning of the flowing process that overheated them.lol

hillies are absolutely fun but you need to.maintain temp no more than 78 degrees Fahrenheit long term or else they will be deprived of.oxygen and die since their hemoglobin does require high levels of oxygen to.keep them.going. Fast flowing waters are their comfort zpne. Without that, they tend to become uncomfortable and you qill never see the best of them.

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I have quite a bit of current in my tank I often find him sitting on my aerator, as for the cultured red and green algae, is that store bought or something that grows in the tank, If it grows in the tank i'll have to purchase sinking pellets as my tank isn't in front of a window and grows no algae that I've noticed. I'd hate to have to transport him back to the LFS :(
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I have quite a bit of current in my tank I often find him sitting on my aerator, as for the cultured red and green algae, is that store bought or something that grows in the tank, If it grows in the tank i'll have to purchase sinking pellets as my tank isn't in front of a window and grows no algae that I've noticed. I'd hate to have to transport him back to the LFS :(
Drop a pinch.of pellets in a pail.of tank water. Drop.some smooth round white.rocks in there. Then, use an airpump and expose the pail of water under sunlight. This should guarantee you algal growth. Rotate use of algae coated rocks for constant supply of algae food.

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This dosn't help me at all. It says nothing about feeding and caring for it other then it needs a current that resembles a river.
Best to learn about fishes needs BEFORE you purchase them, not after.
A few clicks of mouse would reveal much in the way of info both here,and elsewhere.

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