The loaches of Asia are an enormously species-rich fish group. Similar to the cory catfish in South America, a great part of the species has not yet been scientifically described.
A well recognizable species is the Zodiak Loach, Mesonoemacheilus triangularis, from South India; here it occurs endemically in the Western Ghats. The genus Mesonoemacheilus differs from Nemacheilus only in some minor anatomical details.
This pretty loach becomes approximately 6 cm long and is easy to maintain. As with other loaches, there are again and again contradictory reports about its behavior. Most aquarists experience it as peaceful, although very lively and constantly with conspecifics interacting fish. Others report, the loaches are very quarrelsome. We have known them so far only as peaceful.
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Text & photos: Frank Schäfer