Reticulated Hillstream Loach
Ewellia lineolata

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

10 gallon


Black, Brown, White



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.5-7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (4+ dKH), 66 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Hillstream Loach (Ewellia lineolata) naturally occupy fast-flowing streams of southeast Asia. These streams hold sand, well-rounded rocks, and are often times very well-oxygenated. The Hillstream Loach will typically live longest if aquarists attempt to meet these environmental conditions. The Hillstream Loach will actively assist with the consumption of algae within an aquarium, so the Hillstream Loach are also a relatively useful part of the cleanup crew. The Hillstream Loach will typically reach a length of up to three inches, and are very unlikely to show any signs of aggression to any of the aquariums inhabitants.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.5-7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (4+ dKH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Bloodworms, Spirulina, Daphnia, Algae Wafer, Boiled Cucumber

Compatibility: The Hillstream Loach (Ewellia lineolata) are typically compatible with Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Corydoras, Dojo Loach, Kuhli Loach, Pencilfish, Hatchetfish, and Rainbowfish

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