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Schistura deansmarti

by Mark in Vancouver last modified Nov 17, 2006 01:00 PM


Schistura deansmarti
Scientific name: Schistura deansmarti (Vidthayanon & Kottelat, 2003)

Common name: None

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave in Thailand

Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown

Maximum size:
4 inches (10cm)

Similar to:
Other blind cave Schistura species

Care: N/A

Feeding: Probably would accept most aquarium foods offered - sinking catfish pellets, flake, frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, brineshrimp, daphnia etc.

Water parameters: pH: 6-7.5 Hardness: Medium. Max dh: 12

Temperature: 70ºF to 79ºF (21-26°C)

Breeding: None reported in aquarium.

Schistura deansmarti

Photo credits: Nonn Panitvong


Schistura deansmarti is one of a few blind, cave dwelling Loach species. Due to its very limited location it is at risk from collection for aquaria so it is considered unethical to import or export.

However, blind cave loaches are known to have been imported into North America and it is possible they were this species. Its inclusion here is out of interest.

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