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Schistura kaysonei

by Martin Thoene last modified Nov 19, 2006 11:17 PM


Schistura kaysonei

Scientific name: Schistura kaysonei (Vidthayanon & Jaruthanin, 2002 )

Common name: None

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Laos

Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown

Maximum size: Not known, probably around 3 inches

Similar to: Other Schistura Species

Care: A well-filtered aquarium with lots of hiding places and sand substrate.

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 kaysonei is one of a few blind, cave dwelling Loach species. However, it is pigmented unlike most other cave-dwelling fish.

Due to its very limited location it is at risk from collection for aquaria so it is not recommended that it be considered for such.

Blind cave loaches are known to have been imported into North America. However, it is unlikely they were this species. Its inclusion here is mainly out of interest. Prefers well oxygenated water as do most Loach species.

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