the first time we obtained Emperor Loaches (Leptobotia elongata) of a
size of 14-18 cm. However, this is not the maximum length reported for
that wonderful species! It is said to reach 50 cm and 3 kg in weight!
Sadly the gorgeous species is highly endangered in the wild. It is known
only from the upper and middle Yangtse River. Of course the species is
not endangered due to the collecting for the ornamental fish trade, but
due destruction of the natural habitat. Luckily it is possible to breed
this loach in captivity. The Emperor Loach should be winterhardy even in
garden ponds in Central Europe.
For our customers: the fish have code 400404 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer