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miCRoSCoPiCeaRthLinG 08-14-2012 02:29 AM

What kind of sucker fish is this?
Recently I grabbed a pair of this sucker fish from a local flea market after much assurance from the shopkeeper that these will perfectly blend into my community tank. They very much resemble sting rays from the overall outward appearance with flattened bodies and long tails but cling onto the aquarium's glass like any regular suckers. Their movements too are very similar to other common sucker fishes.

Can someone please help put a name to this fish?


1077 08-14-2012 08:47 AM

Looks like hillstream loach.

Olympia 08-14-2012 08:52 AM

Hillstream loach.. Vegetarian, have a high oxygen need so you need good aeration in the tank.
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thekoimaiden 08-14-2012 11:12 AM

Yep. Hillstream loach, not a pleco. They appreciate fast water movement and need high levels of oxygen as they come from fast-flowing mountain streams. They are probably not a good fish for your community and require a specialized setup to thrive.

Byron 08-20-2012 08:18 PM

Agree. Click the shaded name to see the profile with photos.

GoldfishJack 08-25-2012 01:06 PM

Definetly a hillstream loach. It looks very similar to a pleco of some sort though.

sidluckman 08-25-2012 01:14 PM

Ditto everything said so far. Also rather fond of cooler temps than your average loach.

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