Sucking Loach
Behaviour Territorial
Typical size 14cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 120cm
Max Number 1
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Frozen, live, sinking pellet and wafer, algae or vegetable based foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Sucking Loach Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
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  • Gold or Albino Sucking Loach Gyrinocheilus aymonieri - thumbnail
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Sucking Loach

Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

The Sucking Loach is when young, an excellent algae eater and is often sold for this purpose. In many cases the fishkeeper only realizes their mistake a year or so later when the fish becomes aggressive and territorial towards weaker tank mates. When young the fish are peaceful and can be kept together but as they age they will become increasingly aggressive towards each other and other fish. A single fish is best kept in an aquarium with medium to large robust fishes. The fish will damage delicate plants although some hardy varieties will be fine. The Sucking Loach is a robust, hardy, and adaptable fish, which will make a good addition to the aquarium only if it is kept with the right tank mates. Usually reaches 15cm but can potentially grow to 25cm.

Family Gyrinocheilidae (Algae eaters) | Other names Chinese Algae-Eater, Indian Algae-Eater | Origin Asia; India, Thailand, Malaysia | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Flowing waters of medium to large rivers and flooded regions

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