Personal tools
You are here: Home Species Index Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

by Emma Turner last modified Feb 09, 2008 11:40 AM

Summary

 

Scientific name: Acanthocobitis urophthalmus (Günther, 1868)

Common name: Ocellated loach, Banded mountain loach.

Synonyms: Nemacheilus urophthalmus, Noemacheilus urophthalmus.

                       Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

 
Distribution: Sri Lanka, restricted to the south western lowlands from Kelani River to Nilwala River.

Sexual Dimorphism: None known.

Maximum size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Similar to: Acanthocobitis botia, Acanthocobitis rubidipinnis.

Care: The tank for these fish should mimic their natural environment which are the gravel/sand bottom hill streams of Sri Lanka. Plenty of stones and shelters for hiding is recommended. Ideally, these loaches should be provided with brook/hillstream aquarium conditions incorporating a high flow rate and well oxygenated water - please see Hillstream Loaches: Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for a more detailed explanation.

  

Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

 

Feeding: Most foods accepted. Commercial sinking formulations and bottom-dwelling live-foods. Frozen foods such as bloodworm/brine shrimp.

Water parameters: pH: 6.0-7.5 Hardness: Soft-medium. Max dh: 12 Recommended

Temperature: 68ºF to 77 ºF (18-25°C)

Breeding: None reported.


Notes

Found in a variety of streams from river mainstreams to small brooks. Appears to avoid mountain streams with steep gradients, preferring shallower riffles running over small pebbles. Viewed from above, its maturated color pattern makes it inconspicuous.

 

 

Photo Gallery

Click to view all images of this species!


Photo Gallery Icon

 

Document Actions
Random Photo