07. Carp like fishes (1): Loaches (71)

  • Danio sp. Hikari Blue & Yellow

    20. April 2017

    Hikari-Danios belong to a scientifically still undescribed species of Danio from Burma. The closest relative is Danio kerri. However, Hikari danios are by far more colorful than D. kerri and really beautiful fish. Keeping and breeding Hikari Danios is absolutely comparable to the very well known zebra fish, Danio rerio. Hikari danios attain a maximum […]

  • New Tiger Loaches from Indonesia

    23. March 2016

    The Tiger Loaches (Syncrossus) have been placed in Botia formerly. The members of Syncrossus have a very sharp head. Currently 6 species are recognized, two of them from Indonesia, namely Syncrossus hymenophysa and S. reversus. Both can be easily told apart, for B. hymenophysa has dark tiger stripes on a light ground, B. reversus light […]

  • Serpenticobitis cingulata

    21. March 2016

    We received this beautiful loch from Thailand. The genus Serpenticobitis contains only three species, all described in 1997/98. They differ from each other only in pattern. The type species, S. octozona, has broad, dark vertical bands with only very narrow light interspaces. In S. zonata the interspaces are much broader; in both species he dark […]

  • Pseudohomaloptera sp – A new dwarfish hillstream loach from Vietnam

    19. January 2016

    For the first time ever we obtained this hillstream loach from Vietnam. The determination is pretty tricky. All features visible in live fish (position of the dorsal fin, coloration, position of the anus) lead to the genus Pseudohomaloptera, which currently includes six described species: Pseudohomaloptera tatereganii (Popta 1905), P. sexmaculata (Fowler 1934), P. leonardi (Hora […]

  • Yasuhikotakia sp New Cambodian Tiger

    16. December 2015

    Formerly all the deep bodies loaches from Indochina were placed in the catch-all genus Botia. This generic name should be used now only for the Indian species, while the species from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are placed in Ambastia, Syncrossus, and Yasuhikotakia. We now were able to import for the first time ever a […]

  • It doesn´t have to be always sidthimunki….

    26. August 2015

    These dwarfish relatives of the clown loach have done a kind of odyssey in respect of the generic name in the past. Both were originally described in the genus Botia. Later they were placed in Yasuhikotakia. Only in 2012 they changed to the genus Ambastaia, which has been generated especially for them. This genus contains […]

  • Sinibotia robusta

    26. June 2015

    Every year in June is import season for Botia-like loaches from China. The genus Sinibotia currently contains six species. The genus Sinibotia differs from Botia by the presence of three pairs of barbel (two maxillary, one mandibulary), while in Botia a fourth pair of barbels is present on the lower lip. Sinibotia robusta is also […]

  • Sinibotia robusta

    Sinibotia robusta

    26. June 2015

    We received beautiful coloured Kansu loaches (Sinibotia robusta) from China. This comparatively peaceful species is best kept at room temperature (18-24°C) without an additional heater. Only very few specimens available! For our customers: the fish have code 405053 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

  • Homaloptera cf. leonardi Vietnam

    17. June 2015

    We were able to import once more hillstream loaches from Vietnam. Instead of the expected Annamia normai (see http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-archive/loaches-en/Annamia_normani_en/) we received another species. The determination is a very tricky thing. The most coincidences are to the species Homaloptera leonardi. Especially the scale-less zone between pectoral and ventral fins is said to be very typical for […]

  • Homaloptera parclitella

    25. March 2015

    Hillstream loaches are – in general – rather dull coloured fishes. However, there are exceptions and among the most beautiful species are those belonging to the genus Homaloptera. Several, closely related and quite similar species exist. In German they are called “saddle-back loaches”, a commonly used English name is “lizard loaches”. For the first time […]