Also what are you feeding them? Have you seen them eat? You can give them blanched palak and coriander. They are not very good at fighting for food so I would suggest keep them in a species tank.
Beta is right you also need a good powerhead which spews out a lot of bubbles to make sure the DO level is high and they have a current which they love. Put in some laganendra in to the tank as it normally was found growing and these guys were found living within them.
Read the article above it will help you with the set up.
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Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:21 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011
Mudassir had posted this earlier -
i have a power head in the tnak to stimulate the natural habitat of the hillies,
also have a fan running on top to keep the tank cool and stimulate the natural temp of the hillies,
the hillies are currently being fed on live tubifex which they gobble up crazily, at time i do offer tetra bits which they dont like that much but do eat it,
Make sure you have added a airline to the powerhead as Nikhil suggested. As far as I know, DO is the key thing for their survival.
And tubifex worms might not be that ideal as they are known to carry diseases.
Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:08 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011
One issue that i noticed with powerheads is that they heat up the water, quite a bit. Temperature goes up, DO decreases.
I have my hllstreams in a tank with very strong lighting and fertilize, in order to maintain a heavy algae growth. It goes to an extent, that you cannot see the fishes inside the tank, because of green glass.
However, they do thrive, the smaller ones grow well. It is also a good idea to provide blanched palak and coriander, as Nikhil pointed out. Problem is that they will eat it only, once it starts decomposing. Hence, do a lot of water changes.
I have mine with other loaches, and no losses since about 2 months. Powerhead is really oversized though, 1800 ltrs per hour for a two footer :-)
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Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:18 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011
Benjamin makes a good point about the water heating up. Thats the case with most chinese powerheads. Since Hyderabad will get hot pretty soon I would suggest investing in an Eheim pump its expensive but releases a lot less heat. The other option is Tunze, there is a dealer for them in Delhi. The same person who was the dealer for Eheim before it changed.
Oh and yes try not to keep the glass too clean, a little algae will be good for the fish.
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