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Forktail Loach

Scientific Name: Vaillantella maaasi
Family: Cyprinidae

About the Forktail Loach

Species Type: Freshwater Fish
Category: Cyprinids

Care Level: Easy. Does well in a slightly more narrow range of water parameters and shouldn't be used to cycle an aquarium. Will eat most prepared foods. May have some specific care requirements in terms of particular water parameters, social behaviors, food items etc.

Origin: Malaysia, Borneo and Brunei.

Compatibility/Temperament: 1


Vaillantella maaasi is quite an unusual loach growing to 6 inches at most. It is found in fast flowing rivers and is a fairly secretive fish requiring plenty of hiding places so a tank furnished with several hiding places, powerful flow rate and fine substrate will make a suitable environment for the most part.

Tankmates ideally will include Pangio species, rasboras and tetras. Do make sure the tankmates are not nippy that they will eventually damage the dorsal fin and long tail.

Breeding is not known. These are not commonly available and due to high demand, they may fetch a high price.

Forktail Loach Diet

It should accept brine shrimps, bloodworms, daphnia, mosquito larva and commercial foods.


Ideal water parameters for Forktail Loach

The Forktail Loach should be kept in an aquarium with the temperature ranging from 72 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and a Ph of around 6.5.

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