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Beaufortia kweichowensis

Beaufortia kweichowensis


    A fairly hardy, shy, little fish that is suitable in community tanks as it is gentle and peaceful. It is light brown to golden in background color and a random pattern of dark spots distributed over body and fins with a dark spotted line along the edge of the fins. Its unique appearance, and small size is quickly increasing its popularity among fish keepers.

Quick stats:

    Listed tank sizes are the minimum.
    Size: Size: 2 - 3.25 inches (5-8cm)
    Tank: 29+ gallons
    Strata: Benthic, will creep along glass and up decors.
    PH: 7.0 - 8.0
    Hardness: Medium. Max dh: 12°
    Temperature: 68°F to 75°F (20°-24° C) pref lower temp


    Order: Cypriniformes
    Family: Balitoridae
    Genera: Beaufortia
    Species: kweichowensis


Common name:

    Some of the common (mistaken identity) names include:
    Butterfly Hillstream Loach,Chinese Butterfly Loach, Hong-kong Pleco, Chinese Sucker, Chinese Hillstream Loach, Borneo Loach, Sting-Ray Pleco
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    Asia: Native to the Xi Jiang River basin, China. Now widespread throughout Chinese rivers/streams.

    light brown to golden background color patterned overall with dark spots and has a dark spotted line following the edge of the fins.

    Peaceful community fish, best kept with other non-aggressive tank mates as they rarely defend against off-species shows of aggression. These fish naturally inhabit, soft and slightly acidic, fast flowing highland streams over boulders. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have very high oxygen requirements. Min 20+gallon setup with excellent water-flow and aeration, best kept in groups of 3 or more. Numerous rocky hiding places and smooth substrate and boulders should be provided for grazing. Lighting should be subdued, yet bright enough to encourage algal growth. Driftwood is beneficial as they will rasp the wood. If kept in cooler, highly oxygenated, waters these fish have a reported lifespan of 8-10 years.
    Territorial: These fish are protective of their chosen space and will engage in tests of strength where one fish will try and cover the other fish, referred to as "topping". These battles can be quite entertaining to watch and seldom result in any damage. Eventually, one fish will give in and vacate the immediate area

Beaufortia kweichowensis
Beaufortia kweichowensis

    These fish have mouths that are small relative to their body size, which should be a consideration with foodstuffs. Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, blanched Spinach, Kale, with natural algae an advantage of course. However, numerous reports indicate that any quality sinking food is allegedly adequate.

    Fast moving river and streams of their native range. Soft, slightly acidic highly oxygenated water.

    Little information regarding breeding. Some indicate successful breeding in home aquarium yet no solid facts available at this time. Sexual Dimorphism: Males reported to be slightly larger than females, however; fish with behavior that suggests they are males often have stronger colouration. (unconfirmed).

    No known species specific diseases. Subject to common aquarium diseases.


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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.


From: Turk1509
Awesome fish making a great alternative to the bristlenoses the fish itself is a different fish, it moves uniquely and varies in colour inside the tank with time of extreme dark colouration to other time of less pale.. The changes are quite noticeable also the fish come in varying pasterns so shop around because chances are you will find nicer ones feeding can be difficult as iv e heard but mine jumps on the dried wafers. Also very fast fish which are also hard to catch as you will see if you get one from your petstore.






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