Scientific name: Schistura robertsi (Kottelat, 1990)
Common name: None
Distribution: Malay Peninsula and Phuket Island, Thailand
Sexual Dimorphism: None known. Females probably plumper.
Maximum size: 2.5 inches (6 -7cm)
Similar to: Other Schistura species
Care: Typical Schistura species. The aquarium should have a good flow rate and be well-oxygenated. Provide piles of large pebbles or slate to create hiding places. The rest of the aquarium base should have smooth rounded pebbles and sand or fine grained gravel with reasonably bright lighting. 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 bred in aquarium.
Above: Natural habitat of S. robertsi on Phuket, Thailand.
(Credit: Anuratana Tejavej)
Schistura robertsi are territorial like most Schistura, and should be housed in an aquarium featuring multiple hiding places and decor designed to break line of sight between territories. Do not house with delicate species.
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