Horseface Loach

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Horseface Loach (Acantopsis choirorhynchus) is a unique, burrowing freshwater fish known for its elongated face and gentle nature.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 30 gallons.
  • Substrate: Soft sand to allow burrowing.
  • Filtration: Moderate, with good water flow.
  • Plants: Robust plants that can tolerate occasional digging.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (3-12 dGH)


  • Diet: Omnivorous; sinking pellets, live or frozen foods like bloodworms and brine shrimp.


  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly.
  • Tankmates: Peaceful community fish; avoid aggressive or very small tankmates.


  • Common Issues: Monitor for signs of stress or disease; maintain good water quality and proper substrate to prevent injuries.

Following these guidelines will help your Horseface Loach thrive in its environment.

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