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Vaillantella cinnamomea(Brown Fork-tail Loach)

Very eel-like in shape but with a long dorsal fin and a big, deeply-forked tail fin. Overall colour is mid-brown, somewhat speckled with darker brown to black spots, especially on the face. Sexual dimorphism limited to the females being larger and more robust.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A peaceful fish that prefers to hide among plants and leaf litter. Best kept in a tank with a sandy substrate to allow this fish to dig.

Feeds on most small invertebrates including bloodworms and other sorts of insect larvae. Will accept good-quality pellets of appropriate size, but should not be treated as a "scavenger" and left to fend for itself, or it will starve.

An ideal resident for a single species tank or one where all the other tankmates are midwater fish unlikely to cause any harm, such as neon tetras and small rasboras. Do not keep with fin-nipping fish! As with all loaches, this species is sensitive to poor water quality and must be kept in a mature tank. Requires plenty of oxygen! Can jump out of tanks and will slither into filter inlets, so build the aquarium accordingly, ensuring that there are no gaps into which these fish might go.

This species is very sociable and should be kept in groups. Breeding has not yet been reported in aquaria.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution Southeast Asia: endemic to Borneo
Temperature 24-26 C
Size Maximum size uncertain, but apparently around 5 cm
Water Parameters Soft and slightly acidic preferred
Water PH 6.5-7.0
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Difficult
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes

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