Eight-Barb Loach (Lefua costata)

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Eight-Barb Loach

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Eight-Barb Loach

Lefua costata

132 Litres (35 US G.)

9-10 cm (3.5-3.9")




6.5 - 7.2

18 -22 °C (64.4-71.6°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Eight-Barb Loach, Eightbarbel Loach, Eight-Whiskered Stone Loach, Rice Loach

Additional scientific names

Diplophysa costata, Lefua costata costata

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Lakes and rivers of Russian Far East, Korea, Northern Chian and Mongolia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Should not mind company of its own kind, and should only be kept with peaceful robust tankmates that appreciate similar water conditions.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This fish will accept live/frozen foods such as bloodworm and daphnia as well as catfish wafers.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish prefers a shallow tank with dense planting. Substrate should allow for burrowing.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful burrowing fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A very elongated fish with a bold black lateral line from nose to caudal fin on a pale brown base colour. It has 4 sets of barbels on its nose giving it its common name.

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