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Lefua costata

by Martin Thoene last modified Nov 14, 2006 05:29 PM


Lefua costataScientific name: Lefua costata (Kessler, 1876)

Common name: Rice Loach, Eightbarbel Loach

Synonyms: Diplophysa costata, Lefua costata costata

Distribution: Russia, Korea, China, Mongolia, Siberia, Japan

Sexual Dimorphism: None known

Maximum size: 3.5 Inches (9cm)

Similar to: Some Nemacheilus and Schistura species

Care: This loach prefers slow-moving streams or irrigation ditches. Often can be found in rice fields. It lives in shallow places with a heavy cover of vegetation. The aquarium should simulate this environment with a substrate of fine sand and numerous pebbles/rocks to allow digging within this species.

Feeding: Insect larvae, crustaceans and detritus. Frozen Bloodworm's, Brine shrimp and selective bottom-dwelling pellets also are accepted.

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

Temperature: 64ºF to 72 ºF (18-22°C)

Breeding: None reported in aquarium


In their natural habitat, breeding takes place from April to June and the eggs are attached to plants.

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