Butterfly Loach or Hong Kong Plec
I have recently been given a Butterfly Loach or Hong Kong Plec by one of my mates who was unable to have a tank any longer. I’m after a bit of information about these little fish, I think he had only had the fish a few days before giving it to me, so its probably pretty stressed out with all the moving, but I would like to give it the best habitat as I can.
The fish is sharing a tank with a couple of fantails, a little shoal of white cloud mountain minnows and an apple snail. I have an oversized filter, a light unit, air pump, lots of bog wood and lots of real plants (that get added to each month as Gary the snail devours them). I feed the inhabitants a mixture of flakes, pellets, peas and blood worms, and I have got some Pleco algae wafers.
Does the plec need any special treatment, and will he be ok in with the other fish? I have had a look in an aquarium book that I have but I can find no information on a butterfly loach or hong kong plec, are they commonly referred to as something else? Will the plec be ok on his own or does he need a friend?
Would be really grateful if anyone has any info that will make his life a little happier, or tips!
I checked a couple of Google sources and found they need a water temperature of 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 27 Celsius), a pH between 6.5 and 7.0 and an aquarium at least a yard long. They grow up to three or four inches and are relatively peaceful. Since the aquarium needs to be fairly large, you may want to add a couple members of the same species. That always seems to improve behavior toward other species.
Goldfish may need a cooler environment and are not ideal companions for the other fish in your aquarium. You could always give it a try and see what happens.
The fantails and wcmm have been in the tank with eachother for about a 12 month now and seem to get on well with eachother. Do you think that the wcmm should be kept at a warmer temp? I have read conflicting arguments for them being kept at tropical tempretures, many say that they are more active and more colourful but do not live very long, the WCMM seem to be happy they regularly breed have bright colours and are active within the tank.
The tank i have is a 200ltr so the little pleco has plenty of glass to move about on. the pleco is only about an inch long atm, so pretty small, i will see how he goes, and if its ok i may look into getting another.
I went into the shop that he was purchased from and it says cold water 20-23c on the info for them, its so frustrating when these shops sell these things with the incorrect info!!!!
White clouds are a cool water species that are often kept in tropical aquariums. They should be fine with the goldfish.
Regarding the temperature recommendation for the butterfly loach, that was from one Google source. Quite a few different fish go by the same name. Since the aquarium shop has a butterfly loach exactly like the one you have, their temperature recommendation is probably best.
If you get a change, it would be great to see a couple pictures of your aquarium.
This is my aquarium from about a month ago, it was quite heaviliy planted at this point although the apple snail has eaten quite alot of this now.
I had never thought i would end up with an aquarium like this, i bought the fantails about 18 months ago with a 30ltr tank, which i now know is not a good environment, but as they have grown and as i have learnt more about fish i have upgragded their living conditions. The fantails are pretty large now, and i am on my 3rd tank.
Thanks for your advice Arthur, and i hope you like the shot!
Thanks for sharing. I like the aquascape and the fish.
They real name is a hillstream loach and they prefer cool fast flowing water