Reticulated Hillstream Loach
Ewellia lineolata

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

Less than 2

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Brown, White



Water Conditions

64-72° F, KH 10-15, pH 6.5-7.5


General: The hillstream loach naturally occupy fast-flowing streams of Southeast Asia. These streams hold sand, well-rounded rocks, and are often times very well-oxygenated. This species 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 they are also a relatively useful part of the cleanup crew. This species will typically reach a length of up to three inches, and is very unlikely to show any signs of aggression to any of the aquariums inhabitants.

Water Chemistry: 64-72° F, KH 10-15, pH 6.5-7.5

Aquarium Diet Hillstream loaches are omnivores and will accept brine shrimp, blackworms, bloodworms, spirulina, daphnia, algae wafers, and boiled cucumber or zucchini slices.

Compatibility: Hillstream loaches are typically compatible with characins such as ember tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or pristella tetras (Pristella maxillaris), danios such as the zebra danio (Danio rerio) or pearl danio (Danio albolineatus), rasboras such as the harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha), Corydoras species, loaches such as the Dojo Loach, Kuhli Loach, Pencilfish, Hatchetfish, and Rainbowfish

Reticulated Hillstream Loach Videos

Author: Aquatics Unlimited