Indian Spiny Loach (Lepidocephalus thermalis)

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Indian Spiny Loach

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Indian Spiny Loach

Lepidocephalus thermalis

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")




6.5 - 7.0

22 -24 °C (71.6-75.2°F)

3-6 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Indian Spiny Loach, Common Spiny Loach

Additional scientific names

Lepidocephalichthys thermalis, Cobitis thermalis

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is difficult to visually sex this fish, although mature females may appear plumper than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful Loach that does best in large groups, at least 3 or more. They are very active and should not be kept with shy or territorial fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most flakes and sinking pellets as well as brine shrimp, daphnia and other live/frozen foods. May occasionally nibble algae.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish must have a sandy, or small gravel, substrate as they will often burrow, and should be provided with plenty of places to hide. They appreciate some current in the tank as they originate from swift-moving hill streams.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active sociable fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated fish with a mottled grey body and pale belly. It has several barbels around its mouth and its eyes are on the top of its head.

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