Blackline Torpedo Loach (Nemacheilus longistriatus)


An attractively patterned loach found found in the middle Mekong in Thailand and Laos, the Blackline Torpedo Loach is typically found in shallow, clear water streams in medium to large groups, often close to waterfalls or rapids. An active, social species, they tend to form group hierarchies and should be kept in groups of at least 5 fish. In the aquarium, they require well-oxygenated water and appreciate moderate to strong current but are otherwise undemanding and very hardy.



Blackline Torpedo Loach (Nemacheilus longistriatus)

Origin: Wild Thailand
Locale: Mekong drainage along Laos border
Diet: Carnivore and scavenger, will accept most frozen and prepared sinking foods
Adult Size: 2.75″+
Recommended Tank Size: 20 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, best kept in groups

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     70 – 78F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm