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Schistura unknown01

by Martin Thoene last modified Nov 28, 2006 09:59 PM


Schistura unknown01

Scientific Name: Schistura unknown01

Common name: None.

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Unknown

Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown

Maximum size: Probably around 3.5 inches (9cm)

Similar to: Schistura multifasciata

Care: Inhabit fast flowing streams over rock and boulders. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have high oxygen requirements.

All Schistura need excellent water-flow and aeration, numerous rocky hiding places provided by the nooks and crannies between pebbles and boulders. Plants are not necessary as the fish do not normally encounter them in the wild, but they will help with water-quality. Suitable plants for high-flow environments are Anubias and Microsoreum. These will grow on rock-work or driftwood.

See: Hillstream Loaches: Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for more detailed explanation.

Feeding: Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, chopped Salad Shrimp, chopped earthworms. All Schistura are frenzied feeders and over-feeding should be avoided.

Water parameters: pH:7.0 - 8.0. Hardness: Medium. Max dh: 12

Temperature: 68ºF to 78ºF (20-25.5°C)

Breeding: Has not been bred in aquaria.


This fish came in mixed with other Schistura species. Its appearance has changed quite markedly from when first purchased.

Schistura unknown01, juvenile.

The fish looked like this as a Juvenile of around 1.5" (4cm)

Schistura unknown01

It grew into this in around a year and stopped growing at 3" (7.75cm)

They are not an outwardly nasty fish, but their boisterous behaviour can be disturbing to other tank mates. Therefore, keep only with suitably robust tank-mates.

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