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Schistura maepaiensis

by Martin Thoene last modified Nov 19, 2006 11:15 PM


Schistura maepaiensis

Scientific name: Schistura maepaiensis (Kottelat, 1990)

Common name: None

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Salween basin in Thailand

Sexual Dimorphism: None known. Females probably plumper.

Maximum size:
2 Inches (5cm)

Similar to: Other Schistura species.

Care: Schistura maepaiensis are found in moderate to rapidly flowing clear streams over boulders and pebbles. The aquarium should have a decent flow rate and be well-oxygenated. The rest of the aquarium should have smooth rounded pebbles and sand or fine grained gravel with reasonably bright lighting to simulate the shallow stream beds in which they are found.

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/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 aquarium.


Schistura maepaiensis
Seems to be a fairly typical Schistura species. Territorial, and therefore needs plenty of defined areas to form territories within the aquarium, helping to reduce skirmishes.

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