Scientific name: Nemacheilus rueppelli (Sykes, 1839)
Common name: Mongoose Loach, Long Shounted Loach
Synonyms: Cobitis rueppelli, Mesonoemacheilus rueppelli, Noemacheilus rueppelli, Nemachilichthys rueppelli
Distribution: Western Ghats of Maharashtra and Karnataka, India
Sexual Dimorphism: None Known
Maximum size: 3.5 Inches (9cm)
Similar to: None
Care: This is a social species that enjoys each others company but they also enjoy time on their own. Numerous hiding places amongst bogwood, plants, rocky caves and cobbles are encouraged within the aquarium. When keeping more than one specimen it is important to create visual barriers between each hiding place. 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.
Feeding: Most foods accepted. Commercial sinking formulations and bottom-dwelling live-foods. Frozen foods such as bloodworm and/or brine shrimp.
Water parameters: pH: 6.0-7.5 Hardness: Soft-medium. Max dh: 12
Temperature: 68ºF to 77 ºF (18-25°C)
Breeding: Not known in aquaria.
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