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The Borneo Sucker (Pseudogastromyzon myersi)

Blog post written by Jack | 22 October 2016 | Category: Coldwater fish
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It's Jack's first blog post, so here's a quick intro by Andy.

"When working in a shop like ours, the most important thing we look for in staff is a passion and enthusiasm for fish. If you’re not into it, this job isn't for you."

"I am very lucky to work with people that are as “fishy” as me. Jack is as enthusiastic as they come and loves his fancy goldfish. Here he walks us through something a little different for the coldwater aquarium, so over to you Jack."


One of my favourites for a Coldwater aquarium has to be the Borneo Sucker (Pseudogastromyzon myersi). With plenty of movement and lots of colour, the Borneo Sucker is easily the stand out fish in a coldwater aquarium.

The Borneo Sucker is also known as the “Hillstream loach” and is a peaceful fish growing to around 6cm. They prefer a cooler temperature between 20 and 24 celsius. It is important to have hiding places as this particular Loach enjoys exploring its environment. Lots of people use cobbles and slate to make various caves and hiding places for them.

This is a really unusual fish to look at. Olive green body covered in small yellow spots and a small black tail. The big appeal is the fact it is almost completely flat, as close to a sting ray as you can get. Another interesting characteristic is the fact it sticks to the sides of the glass and ornaments, its body and fins developed into a “sucker” which gives this fish its grip and name. It is found in fast flowing rivers where its aerodynamic body and adapted fins give it plenty of hold against the strong current. To mimic this environment we recommend an air pump to oxygenate the water similar to the oxygen-rich streams they call home.

 

 

The Borneo Sucker in typical pose
The Borneo Sucker in typical pose