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Zodiac Loach

Zodiac Loach

Mesonoemacheilus triangularis

 

Native Location: Keralis State, South India

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 6cm

Temperament: Peaceful - with caution

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Difficult

Temperature Range: 18-25℃ (64.5-77.9℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.0-7.5

Minimum Aquarium Size 60L (75cmX30cmX30cm)

Potential Tankmates: Hillstream loaches, Rasbora, Barbs or species only

Care Level: Moderate

 

The Zodiac Loach, also known as the Batik Loach, is a vibrant freshwater fish native to the lush Western Ghats of India. Its natural habitat, a clear, fast-flowing stream or river with rocky substrates interspersed with smooth pebbles and sandy patches, is a place of beauty and life. The aquatic environment is teeming with dense foliage, including various species of submerged plants and riparian vegetation that provide ample cover. Here, the water is well-oxygenated, supporting a diverse ecosystem that includes other fish, such as the Dwarf Rainbowfish, Malabar Danio, and different types of Rasboras. The Zodiac Loach, with its striking dark patterns on a golden-yellow body, is a part of this vibrant ecosystem, making it a captivating sight in its native waters.

 

Setting up an aquarium for the Zodiac Loach involves creating an environment that mimics its natural habitat. Use a substrate of smooth pebbles and sand to replicate the rocky riverbeds of the Western Ghats. Decorate the tank with rocks and driftwood to provide hiding spots and maintain a natural aesthetic. It's crucial to understand that strong filtration is not just a recommendation, but an essential element. It keeps the water well-oxygenated, emulating the loach's fast-flowing native streams, which is vital for the health and well-being of the loach. Moderate lighting will support the growth of aquatic plants such as Java fern, Anubias, and Cryptocoryne, which offer additional cover and contribute to the tank's ecosystem. Suitable tank mates include peaceful, similarly-sized species like the Dwarf Rainbowfish, Malabar Danio, and various Rasboras, ensuring a harmonious and active community tank.

 

The Zodiac Loach, a native of the fast-flowing streams of the Western Ghats, has a natural diet primarily consisting of small invertebrates, larvae, and organic detritus. As aquarium enthusiasts, we can recreate this diet in a home aquarium. This can be achieved by providing a variety of high-quality sinking pellets and wafers that cater to bottom feeders. Supplement their diet with live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, daphnia, and brine shrimp to mimic their natural hunting behavior and nutritional intake. Occasional feedings of blanched vegetables like zucchini or cucumber can also be beneficial, ensuring a balanced diet that promotes their health and vibrant coloration.

 

Breeding the Zodiac Loach in captivity can be challenging due to their specific environmental and behavioral requirements. These loaches require pristine water conditions, a well-oxygenated environment, and the simulation of seasonal changes to encourage spawning. Setting up a dedicated breeding tank with a sandy substrate, ample hiding places, and a gentle water flow can help mimic their natural habitat. Introducing a varied diet rich in live and frozen foods can also stimulate breeding behavior. However, the most crucial aspect is observing the loaches for signs of courtship, such as increased activity and pairing. Detailed documentation of successful captive breeding is limited, making it an area where hobbyists continue to experiment and learn.

 

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page, and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels) via a dated image. Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or "disasters", i.e. a heater overheating. To prevent such situations, we recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.

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