Above: a nice young Zebra Butterfly Loach holding onto a Lava Rock in one of our aquariums.
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Origin: These Loaches are caught in the Western Ghats area of India, which is a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, and these fish now live in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Zebra Loach can grow to be about 2.5" long, including their tails.
Behaviors: Zebra Loach are active swimmers and quarrel gently with each other but are rarely aggressive.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Barbs, Rainbowfish, Danios, Gouramis, and many other small to medium size aquarium fish.
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Temperature: They live well from about 75 to 80+ degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 78 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when very small and small Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: Zebra Loaches seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 6.5 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, when they're less than 3" long, but a bigger aquarium is almost always better.
Decor: this Loach does not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. Zebra Loaches seem to do better in aquariums with live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 350B Filter in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water is OK to start with a few Zebra Loaches that are less than 3" long.
These fish need rapidly flowing very fresh water. So it is best to have an oversized filter.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Zebra Loaches can live for quite a few years, if they're fed premium food and kept in a very well filtered aquarium aquarium with very fresh water.
Gender: As they mature females become larger and plumper than the males, who are raised in the same group.
Breeding: There've been a few reports of these Zebra Butterfly Loaches spawning in aquariums, but it's rare.
Popularity: Zebra Loaches are somewhat popular, but should become even more popular.
Variations: We now know of no variations.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
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