Horsefaced Loach (Acantopsis choirorhynchos)

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Horsefaced Loach

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Horsefaced Loach

Acantopsis choirorhynchos

246 Litres (65 US G.)

20.3-30.5cm (8-12 ")


1 - 1.005


6.5 - 7.8

25-27.8°C (77 -82 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Horseface Loach, Long Nosed Loach, Banana Loach

Additional scientific names

Acantopsis biaculeata, Acantopsis choerorhynchus, Acantopsis choirorhynchus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia (Sumatra and Java), Borneo, and Vietnam. Known from the Chao Phraya and Mekong basin.[1]

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are mostly larger than the males with a broader abdomen. Mature females may also have more of a reddish colour while the males are more silver/grey.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful Loach, keep with peaceful tank mates. Keep this Loach in groups of at least 3 or 4, not singly.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including sinking pellet and flake as well as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Must have a smooth sandy substrate which they will sift through looking for food and bury themselves. Provide hiding places also, they may bury themselves in the sand. Although this is generally a freshwater fish, it can be acclimated to a low salinity tank (SG less than 1.005).

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Spend a lot of time hidden in the tank, not a fish you will see often. Known to be good jumpers so a well fitting lid is a must.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongate slender fish with an exceptionally long snout. The body is silver-cream in colour with short brown bands across the spine, with small pale brown scattered spots below and a line of larger deep brown spots down the lateral line. The belly is pale.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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