Sucking Loach Tropical Fish Information

Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Sucking Loach
Behaviour Territorial
Typical size 14cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 150cm
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
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Sucking Loach Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
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Sucking Loach (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri)

Sucking Loach Tropical Fish Learn all about the Sucking Loach's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Sucking Loach is the right fish for your aquarium.

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. An albino form, known as the golden sucking loach, is also available.

Sucking Loach Facts

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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