Suckers - Hillstream Loach - Borneo Sucker (No Online Purchases)

Suckers - Hillstream Loach - In Store Pick Up Only

Suckers or Hillstream Loach like fastflowing well oxygenated water and are interesting to watch as they cling to aquarium glass.


  • Category: Coldwater

  • Maximum Size: 7cms

  • Minimum Tank Volume: 75 litres

  • Minimum Tank Size: 60cm

  • Water Temperature Range: 20-24°C

  • Water pH Range: 6.5-8.0

  • Water Hardness Range: 2-15 dGH

  • Description:

    Hillstream Loach are members of the family Balitoridae.

    They are small bottom-dwelling freshwater fish from Asia and there are about 500 species in 37 genera.

    Although they come from tropical waters they need high o2 so are best kept in cooler tanks.

    Balitorids are really interesting fish to watch.

    Although peaceful, most will defend territories, either to sequester feeding resources like a nice patch of algae, or to keep other fish away from a potential breeding site.

    Diet Requirements:

    Will eat prepared food, but also need a good algae growth for the little goodies (aufwuchs) that grow on it.


    A high oxygen tank is required to keep Hillstream Loach at their best. A river tank set up which has had time to mature is advisable.


    Males are usually larger than females and often display stronger colouration.


    Balitorids spawn in a depression in the substrate alongside a pebble or rock.

    The male wiggles about a bit to excavate a little hollow in the gravel.

    They have been known to breed in a Goldfish tank.

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