Red Tail Hillstream Loach - Sewellia lineolata (Rare)

Red Tail Hillstream Loach - Sewellia lineolata (Rare)

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Red Tail Hillstream Loach - Sewellia lineolata

Product Description:

The Red Tail Hillstream Loach (Sewellia lineolata) is a fascinating and unique freshwater fish known for its striking appearance and specialized adaptations for life in fast-flowing streams. With its flattened body, beautiful markings, and distinctive red tail, this loach is an eye-catching addition to any aquarium.

Key Features:

1. Unique Appearance: The Red Tail Hillstream Loach is easily recognizable by its intricate black and white pattern, which resembles a maze. The bright red patch on the tail adds a splash of color, making this loach a standout in any tank.

2. Specialized Adaptations: Adapted to fast-flowing streams, this loach has a flattened body and modified pectoral fins that allow it to cling to rocks and other surfaces, mimicking its natural habitat.

3. Peaceful and Hardy: Known for its peaceful temperament, the Red Tail Hillstream Loach is a great addition to community tanks. It is also relatively hardy and can adapt to various water conditions, making it suitable for both novice and experienced aquarists.

Care Instructions:

  • Tank Size: A minimum tank size of 20 gallons is recommended to provide ample space and mimic the loach's natural environment.

  • Aquarium Setup: Create a well-oxygenated tank with a strong current and plenty of hiding spots using rocks, driftwood, and plants. A fine gravel or sand substrate is ideal. The addition of smooth stones and pebbles will help replicate their natural habitat.

  • Feeding: Offer a diet that includes algae wafers, sinking pellets, and blanched vegetables such as zucchini and spinach. Supplement with live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and bloodworms to ensure a varied diet.

  • Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 68-75°F (20-24°C), pH between 6.5-7.5, and hardness between 5-15 dGH. Ensure high water flow and regular water changes to keep the environment clean and well-oxygenated.

  • Tank Mates: Suitable tank mates include other peaceful fish that thrive in similar water conditions, such as small tetras, rasboras, and other loaches. Avoid housing with large, aggressive fish.

Difficulty: Moderate, requires specific water conditions and high oxygen levels.

Maximum Size: The Red Tail Hillstream Loach can grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in length.

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