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  1. So I think my Cory’s are cross breeding. Do to bad luck my 3 groups of Cory have dwindled down to 3 singles. An albino, emerald and bronze. Today I found what I think are eggs in several places in the tank, originally I thought maybe my hillstreams layed them but after searching fish eggs I’m thinking it was the Cory’s. Iv searched around a little on google and most people have the same reaction that honestly I don’t find helpful. So I’m going to ask the question and I just want a straight logical answers without the usual “don’t do it” response please. THIS IS NOT A TROLL QUESTION PLEASE DONT TREAT IT LIKE ONE. Why is it bad to let Cory’s crossbreed? Is it dangerous? Will they kill everything in the tank? Or is it just some kind of interracial hatred issue being projected onto fish for whatever reason? Please just give me a straight answer and not a simple “it’s bad and gross, don’t do it” reaction.
  2. Hi, I added a hillstream loach to my tank about a week ago and am mildly concerned that I haven't really seen it go after the food I've put in the tank (Hikari algae wafers and Repashy gel). However, my several dozen red cherry shrimp, amanos, and various snails have been having a feast. Do I need to be concerned about the RCS outcompeting the loach for food? Thanks, AJ
  3. I just recently upgraded my standard 10 gallon to a 20 wide, with a hillstream manifold. The hillstream manifold doesn't quite work how I'd like (I need to find a better way to spread out the output force, and I'm not entirely sure the entire input of the flow through the powerhead is coming through the intake sponges). I used a hand-drill on the area of the PVC pipe the sponges cover to get a greater intake across the whole body of the sponge, rather than just at the tip. There still is quite a bit of swirling action rather than full on directional flow, but it was still a fun project to build my own streamflow manifold. I'd definitely get a smaller powerhead than the aquaclear 50 I have running it now. I also have aquaclear 30 HoB for that extra touch of filtration (and for helping deal with fines better than the sponges) I have white cloud mountain minnows (and they have been sucessfully breeding, as you can see by the distincly blue striped jeuvenile) I also have 2 species of hillstream loach. I think the reticulated one is a pseudogastromyzon cheni (or myersi). I only have one of those, the other one I purchased at the same time didn't make it. It was a bad shipment from a LFS I go to in Houston, and the other dozen loaches didn't make it overnight. I got there the next day, and the one that is still alive is kind of the ruler of the tank. He definitely is dominant over the other loaches despite being slightly smaller. The other hillstream loaches I have, I have some of the Beaufortia kweichowensis I purchased from aquahuna. I suspect there might be multiple species, as one of them definitely prefers resting on the substrate, and the others prefer the vertical glass when they are hiding, but from what I can tell looking around the internet, the hillstream loaches aren't as well studied as we might like. The substrate is pea gravel from Lowes, and the larger rocks are either collected locally in East Texas (the orange sandstone), or I gathered them on a previous trip to Colorado (pretty much everything else). I'm currently treating the tank with seachem flourish to handle the staghorn/black beard algae, along with playing around a bit with my lighting. Still, the fish seem more active in the 20 gallon, so overall I'd call it a success. It is a pleasure to sit down and watch at the end of the day.
  4. I'm trying my best to research the differences between these two species. But it seems like the main highlight when discussing care is their native origin. Would anyone be able to explain or point me to a more thorough source? Thanks!
  5. My three Hillstream loaches have been busy and don’t seem to be slowing down in producing fry. They are in a 125 with 15 Dwarf Neon Rainbow fish, six Rosy barbs, three Panda Garras, three Amano Shrimp and one Denison Barb who seems to be playing nursemaid to the Hillstream fry. He (or she) swims back and forth over the fry when they come out in the open spaces to feed and chases other fish away?? Does anyone have ideas as to how to catch the young adults out of the tank without emptying the water and destroying the plants and hard scape? I am trying to come up with some way to trap them and hoped someone might know of a contraption that might work for that. They are great to have and fun to watch but the population keeps growing!!
  6. Can you mix Hillstream Loach varieties? I have 1 reticulated Hillstream loach, but I want 2 more to make a small school. All I can seem to find around me are Chinese Hillstream Loaches. Is it okay to mix the varieties or will it cause some aggression having only 2 of one kind, despite having 3 total.
  7. I am interested in adding 1-2 reticulated hillstream loaches to my 20g tank. I like the way they look and I need someone to help keep the algae under control. My 2 nerite snails aren’t doing it. I was told that the loaches need a high oxygen environment. My tank only has a hanging filter. Do I need to add a pump with air stone to provide enough oxygen or will my current set-up suffice? Thanks.
  8. This is my 300 gallon community I'm going for a hill stream community much like rachel o'leary's 150 gallon. My goal is to have hill stream species like many US native species such as darters and minnows. I would also like gobies and loaches as well the biggest fish I'm looking to add are around 4-6 inches and the smallest being the white clouds or stiphodon. (96 long X 24 wide X 31 tall) the tank started up earlier this year Equipment Matten filter that hides intake and pumps 2 48 inch Fluval 3.0 planted plus lights 2 48inch Fluval Aquasky 2.0 lights Jebao DC return pump DCP-8000 FX 4 canister filter Hardscape 1/4 inch black criva Mexican beach pebbles 100lbs 1/8 inch black criva Mexican beach pebbles 100lbs 2-3 inch black Mexican beach pebbles 80lbs Unknown hardwood 6 feet tall 20 inches wide unknown hardwood 4 foot long rocks from local landscaping yard Plants Bolbitis Crypt Wendtii Jungle val Hornwart Christmas Moss on matten filter Livestock current stock some fish have passed or been removed from when the pictures and videos were taken 20 Rainbow shiners 5 central stone roller 35 southern red belly dace 6 Johnny darters 6 red spotted gobies 3 white cheeked rhinogobius 3 neon blue dwarf goby 10 black khuli loaches 6 yo-yo loaches 6 gold white clouds 1 normal white cloud 10 pearl danios 3 emerald shiners 1 tadpole madtom 2 bamboo shrimp 2 Mexican dwarf crayfish 2 Amano shrimp 12 cull cherry shrimp 4 species of snail at least and hundreds of them live black worms I think that is all the life in the tank but their will be more to come and I plan on updating with new additions and changes to the tank on here. feel free to ask questions or suggestions.
  9. Just went to my LFS and they had Hillstream Loaches for $4 and White Clouds for $1. So of course I bought them all. 6 of the loaches and 20 white clouds. Does anyone have any pro tips for breeding the Hillstream Loaches? I’ve never kept them. They’ll be going in a heavily planted 55 with guppies and Corydoras after completing quarantine. Thanks so much!
  10. Hello everyone, I have an aggressive female Reticulated Hillstream Loach in a 20 gallon high with 2 Platies, 5 Albino Cory’s and 1 Bolivian Ram. I’ve had him for about 2 weeks. The first week he would constantly hide and keep to himself. Then I got a second female Hillstream Loach and the shyness went away. My concern is that at feeding time and only at feeding time he gets overly aggressive towards all the fish (and not just the other Hillstream Loach), especially the Albino Cory’s (but so far he leaves the Bolivian Ram alone). I put in extra sinking food, Repashy and Hikari sinking wafers, but he just swims around the bottom and barrels over the Cory’s and any fish that gets in his way. So far I’ve not noticed any injuries on any of the fish. I’ve read that people have had aggressive Hillstream Loaches before and it usually calms down. Should I wait or return him to my LFS??
  11. I just purchased 1 Hillstream Loach from my local LFS for a 20 gallon high Aquarium. I know it’s been just a few days but every time someone walks in the room she goes and hides. I know she comes out when no one is around and does her thing because I’ve sneaked up on her and watched. Has anyone had this experience and is buying 2 more the answer?? Is 3 Hillstream Loaches OK for a moderately planted 20 gallon high tank??Right now I have 1 Bolivian Ram, 2 Platies and 5 Albino Cory’s in the tank. She’s not bothered by the other fish, I’ve witnessed one of the Cory’s come right up to her. It’s a cycled tank with 0 Ammonia/Nitrites/Nitrates, 7.4 PH, 6 kh & 6 gh.
  12. Hi, so I was wondering if it would be dangerous, or hurt a hillstream loach if I were to put ohko/dragon stone into an aquarium since the edges are sharp and they might try getting algae from the rock? I've seen some people saying it's fine to put kuhli loaches with ohko stone, and the two species seem share the same behaviour of scavenging around on the bottom from what I've seen on YouTube? Thanks!
  13. Hi I am wondering what cave would work great for a hillstream loach, that live with my fancy goldfish? I am looking at the apisto cave and the pleco cave. I want to know which one would work great for my hillstream loach. As I am not sure which one has an adequate opening for my loach. I want to give him/her another place to hide in my planted tank. Thank you
  14. Good evening, I found a baby loach in my aquarium. First of all, how exciting! I didn't even know I had both male and females. My question is, how many eggs do they lay and how often? I purchased them to do general cleaning and because they are different looking. I don't know what to do with the babies. other than let them be and hope they don't have to many. They are in a 70 gallon but it is very heavily planted and not set up like one would for these guys so it may be just a one time thing?
  15. Finally got two fish I’ve been after for awhile. Longfin BN pleco and a hill stream loach. Love the BNs tummy full of algae 🥰
  16. What are some ways I can get my hill stream loaches to eat? They are being out competed for food by my corydoras. Here are the things I’ve tried: - Hikari Algae Wafers (Even when I tried sticking them to the side, my loaches just don’t go to them. Corydoras love them though.) - Blanched Cucumbers (Again, not interested at all.) - Sinking pellets (These get demolished not by my hill stream loaches but by the corydoras) Not sure what to do. My hill stream loaches do go around the tank eating algae but I don’t think that is a great idea long term. How should I deal with this?
  17. Hi there, I'm new to the forum but I've been following the YouTube for a while now. Recently I set up a Walstad style bowl with red cherry shrimp and they have recently bred. It's set me on a shrimp kick and made me want to turn my 29G into a shrimp tank. At the moment I have just a community with some 3 Vampire shrimp and 4 amanos, with ember tetras, cardinal tetras, platies, corys, stiphodon gobies and hillstream loaches. I've had my community tank set up for a few years now and would like to change it up a bit. However, I really would like to keep my hillstream loaches, stiphodon gobies and ember tetras. From what I've heard, hillstream loaches are pretty safe. I'm not worried about getting a 100% shrimplet survival rate at all, but shrimp are super expensive over here (like £6 a pop ≈ $8.32) and I would be really interested in seeing some babies make it. Believe it or not I used to have 6 dwarf chain loaches with adult cherries, and they never bothered them, then when I pulled out a huge clump of Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus, there were probably about 10 juvenile cherries that had made it! So, what's your opinion on Stiphodon Gobies, Hillstream Loaches, and Ember Tetras with dwarf shrimp? My tank is always full of plants and there will be loads of cover, my gobies and loaches stick to surfing on the back wall and scouring rocks for biofilm, I've never seen them actually venture into the masses of plants so I think they'd be plenty of cover for the baby shrimp. Right now they don't even acknowledge the amanos's existence so I'm sure they'd leave the adult cherries alone. Thanks in advance! Jake
  18. I have a 20g tall, and my LFS had one reticulated hill stream loach left and I wanted to get some workers to deal with algae that was starting to show up so I got the loach and 3 Amano shrimp, 3 Nerite snails and 2 Julii corys to help cleaning up the bottom. so the Hillstream Loach has been chasing the other creatures he sees feeding on the bottom, such as the corys or shrimp or a neon blue goby, I even seen it chase a tetra, is this normal behavior or is he acting this way because he's the only Loach or is he starving or is he a jerk or am I the jerk for putting him in a 20g tank?
  19. I bought three of these from the LFS about 6 weeks ago labeled "Hillstream Loach". They look like a some variety of Borneo Loach to me but I can't find any pictures with this pattern. Their color changes a lot and very quickly to match whatever they are sitting on or how they feel. They are super active and great fun to watch. Any ideas on specific type?
  20. Hey guys, I have a river tank with a lot of hillstream loach. I thinking about my setup. any of y’all tried a river tank with power heads and pvc? Or any other setup that’s effective? How is the maintenance? I have a 75 with a circular flow. I don’t know if that’s bad or not. Just wanna hear about other people’s experiences.
  21. Hello! For months I’ve been watching youtube videos on Hillstream Loaches in relation to Nano fish tanks. So I have a ten gallon tank and thought that would be great for one or two with Betta and CPDs. I’ve been reading now that a 20 gallon is the smallest tank for these loaches. Does anyone have experience with them in 10 gallon or even 5 gallon tanks? Thanks!! Rosie
  22. Hi, all I am curious if Hillstream loaches re known to eat their own fry? I would also be curious if anyone has experienced them bothering other fish fry like plecos. I appreciate any information on this topic!!
  23. Just wanted to double check that this is a juvenile Hillstream loach? Any specifics from those who have worked with different variations are appreciated.
  24. I have found an interesting issue in my tank late yesterday after doing a water change, specifically a cooler water change. One of my hillstream loaches (Beaufortia kweichowensis) suddenly appeared to have a fairly large wound on top of their head (was still red with blood when I first observed it a few hours after the water change), along with a moderate amount of fin damage. I have gotten the individual moved into a hospital tank (2.5 gallon kit from walmart, with small power filter and an air stone) with aquarium salt. However, I am kind of baffled as to what could have happened. My tank is populated by white cloud mountain minnows, a single otocinclus, 4 total hillstream loaches (one is now in the hospital tank), a fairly large number of red cherry shrimp, malaysian trumpet snails, bladder snails, and a small assemblage of things like detritus worms, planaria, and hydra. I am not entirely sure what could have caused the wounds (I haven't gotten a good chance with good lighting to get a good picture of the wounded individual). Nothing in particular is known to be super aggressive and mean. I'm not sure if it was a territorial spat between loaches or one of the whiteclouds getting nibbly. From what I've read, the loaches supposedly don't have the right kind of mouth to nibble on each other, and fights are normally just 'topping' where they scoot around and determine their pecking order. The white clouds have been a bit more rambunctious in their mating displays as of late, but that is almost entirely done in the middle of the water column, and it's usually just the males flaring their fins and looking intimidatingly at one another (though a few of the males do have nibble marks in their fins, but it's not always the easiest thing to spot). The otocinclus is usually super friendly, and i think has basically zero possibility of harming anything but algae and biofilm. The snails and shrimp I think are in a similar situation as the otocinclus; harmless to any of the major denizens of my tank. I wonder if the cooler water change (~65 F water into a ~72 F tank) just set off some slightly more aggressive tendencies related to spawning among my fish, and the one poor individual was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if I should be more worried about returning them from the hospital tank to the main tank. Any thoughts?
  25. Hi all, I know that loaches tend to eat eggs, but has anyone had an experience with these loaches eating other fry whether it be their own or any other fry. I am in the process of moving tanks around and I may have to put a small group in with my BN pleco fry and I assume it should be fine, but will they go after pleco fry?
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