Acantopsis dialuzona

9. March 2022

In the last years we received horseface loaches (Acantopsis) mainly from Thailand, where the genus is represented by several species, which are difficult to distinguish. Now we have once again received specimens from Indonesia. It is A. dialuzona, the best known species of the genus by name. In older aquarium books this species can be found under the synonym A. choirorhynchos.

The pretty and peaceful animals should be kept on sandy bottom. When disturbed and for sleeping, they like to burrow completely. Horseface Loaches grow quite large (by ornamental fish standards), 15 cm should be expected over the years. The largest horsehead loach ever measured was 22 cm long. The aquarium should therefore not be chosen too small. Young animals prefer to live in groups, later these fish become rather loners.

For our customers: the fish have code 360993 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer