Reticulated Hillstream Loach

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Description of the Reticulated Hillstream Loach

The Reticulated Hillstream Loach is also known as the Tiger Hillstream Loach. It is a hardy, useful and beautiful addition to any tropical freshwater aquarium. It uses its fins to cling onto rocks, this  allows it to survive in fast moving currents. It eats algae from rocks and helps to keep the tank clear of algae. Ensure the loach has plenty of rocks to 'graze' on.

Popular Name: Reticulated Hillstream Loach
Species: Sewellia Lineolata

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Reticulated Hillstream Loach

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Profile of the Reticulated Hillstream Loach
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Reticulated Hillstream Loach species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 20 to 23 Degrees. PH 6.0 to 7.5

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae Wafers, Frozen Bloodworms, Tubifex Worms

  • Temperament: Peaceful although can be territorial to same species

  • Habitat: Fast Flowing Rivers and Streams

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Vietnam, Asia

Scientific Classification of the Reticulated Hillstream Loach
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Sewellia Lineolata

  • Popular Name: Reticulated Hillstream Loach - Tiger Hillstream Loach

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Balitoridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Reticulated Hillstream Loach?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Male Hillstream Loaches are thinner than females.


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Reticulated Hillstream Loach slimy?
Reticulated Hillstream Loach secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Reticulated Hillstream Loach to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Reticulated Hillstream Loach have gills?
Gills enable the Reticulated Hillstream Loach to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Reticulated Hillstream Loach have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Reticulated Hillstream Loach has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Reticulated Hillstream Loach has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Reticulated Hillstream Loach has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Reticulated Hillstream Loach has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Reticulated Hillstream Loach

Reticulated Hillstream Loach

  • Interesting Information about Reticulated Hillstream Loach

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Reticulated Hillstream Loach slimy?

  • Why do the Reticulated Hillstream Loach have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Reticulated Hillstream Loach have fins?

  • Species: Sewellia Lineolata

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