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Freshwater Aquarium/Horseface Loach (Acantopsis choirorhynchos)


With this particular loach , can you use a gravel vacuum ? I am always cautious when moving plants or adding... Was not sure if it would hurt him . Thoughts?

Hi Jacqui

Yes, you can use a gravel vac with a Horseface Loach. However, if you're not sure where he is, you'll need to very gently tap the surface of the gravel until he moves. I have a couple of Loaches that bury themselves, usually under a rock. When I do tank maintenance, I use a soft net to gently sweep the top of the gravel until I find them.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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I own and maintain several freshwater aquariums from 2 to 180 gallon. I can answer most questions about freshwater aquariums, including setup, cycling, maintenance, compatible tank mates, feeding. Moving? I've moved fish both across town and across the country and can help you get your little aquatic friends to their new home safely. I know and have experience with most freshwater community fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids. I don't answer questions about Goldfish or keeping Goldfish with Tropical Fish. I also don't answer questions about keeping crustaceans (shrimp, snails, crabs etc) with Tropical Fish, nor questions about saltwater fish or aquariums. I'm not available to answer questions on weekends, this is when I do maintenance on my own tanks.


Many years of personal experience with community tank fish, semi-aggressive fish (Barbs, Tetras, etc), Angels, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids.

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