Scientific Name: Balitora brucei (Gray, 1830)
Common name: Gray's Stone Loach
Synonyms: Balitora maculata, Homaloptera brucei, Homaloptera maculata, Platycara maculata
Distribution: Northern India, Bhutan, and Bangladesh
Sexual Dimorphism: Females probably plumper all over than males.
Maximum size: 4 inches (10 cm)
Similar to: Other Balitora and Homaloptera species
Inhabit fast flowing streams in riffles. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have very high oxygen requirements.
Please see Hillstream Loaches: The Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for more detailed explanation.
With all Balitora and similar "Lizard fish" type species, care is broadly the same. All need excellent water flow and aeration, numerous rocky hiding places and smooth pebbles and boulders to graze over. Lighting should be bright to encourage algal growth in the aquarium. Plants are not necessary as the fish do not normally encounter them in the wild, but they will help with water quality. Suitable plants for high-flow environments are Anubias and Microsoreum. These will grow on rockwork or driftwood.
Feeding: Diet in the aquarium would most likely consist of frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, pelleted foods and algae.
Water parameters : pH:7.0-8.0 Hardness: Medium Max dh: 12
Temperature: 68ºF to 75ºF (20-23.8°C)
Breeding: Not bred in aquaria.
Balitora brucei is not common in the pet trade. If available at all it will most likely show up as a contaminant with other species from the same hillstreams, such as Schistura species.
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