Ocellated Loach (Acanthocobitis urophthalmus)

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Ocellated Loach

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Ocellated Loach

Acanthocobitis urophthalmus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")




3 - 7

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-3 years



Additional names

Ocellated Loach, Banded Mountain Loach, Vairan Ehirava, Tiger Loach


Found in Sri Lanka, restricted to the south western lowlands from Kelani River to Nilwala River.


Mature females may be plumper than males, but these fish are difficult to sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful small bottom dwelling Loach which appreciates company of its own kind. Does well with peaceful similar-sized fish that do well in the same conditions as this fish, such as Zebra Danios.


Will accept most small sinking foods such as pellets and flake as well as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish originates from fast flowing streams in Sri Lanka and this environment should be replicated in tanks. With a good current and high oxygen content with bogwood and stone décor with fine gravel or sand substrate.


A peaceful active bottom dwelling fish.


Can be mistaken for Acanthocobitis botia or Acanthocobitis rubidipinnis. It is long and slender in shape with several barbels around the mouth. The body is pale in base colour with many bold dark brown vertical bands and spots. The dorsal and caudal fins are translucent with hints of red. The caudal fin has dark banding.


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