Horseface Loach
Behaviour Peaceful scavenger and burrower
Typical size 20cm
Max size 25cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 110cm
Temp Min: 25℃ Max: 29℃
Feeding Sinking, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m
Horseface Loach Acantopsis choirorhynchos close up
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  • Horseface Loach Acantopsis choirorhynchos close up - thumbnail
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Horseface Loach

Acantopsis choirorhynchos

The Horseface loach is so-called because of its characteristic head shape and snout. As with other bottom dwelling scavengers, the Horseface loach will need to be kept in an aquarium with a sandy or fine-gravel bottom - sharp gravel will damage the fishes body. This particular species will quite often bury itself almost completely, with just its eyes poking above the substrate. Because of this habit, and its nocturnal nature, it may only be seen occasionally or at feeding times and care should be taken when disturbing the substrate (such as when gravel cleaning) Its active nature and digging habits require that any plants are potted or well rooted in position. Occasionally, the loach will move its eyes in what looks like a blinking motion, adding to its already large character. Horseface loaches can grow up to 30cm, but about 20-25cm is more common in aquariums so a reasonably large tank is required. Although peaceful, adults may fight so single specimens or large groups may be preferable. The horseface loach is a good scavenging fish and very interesting to observe, although they can have a habit of remaining hidden for long periods. Can be kept with most fish without problems. Although soft water is preferred, they will adapt to a wide range of conditions. A similar species, Acantopsis octoactinotos, sometimes called Longnose Loach, is slower moving, more aggressive, and does not burrow. The Horseface loach can be identified by a downturn in the nose - the Longnose Loach has a flat nose.

Family Cobitidae (Loaches) | Synonyms Acanthopsis choerorhynchus, Cobitis choirorhynchos | Other names Longnose Loach, Horsehead Loach | Origin Asia: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India | Breeding Unknown | Natural Water Conditions Soft & slightly acidic, clear | Natural Habitat Clear, flowing streams and rivers with sandy or gravel bottoms | Sexing Large females may appear rounder

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