Hong Kong Butterfly Borneo Loach Pleco


    Same day despatch when ordered before 2pm
    Usually arrives in 2-3 working days
    Orders over £50 sent by next working day courier

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Hong Kong Butterfly Borneo Loach

The Butterfly Loach is also known as the Borneo Sucking Loach, or the Hillstream Loach, of which there are many common varieties. They are great for temperate and tropical freshwater aquariums and are good for removing algae from the tank glass. Similar in many ways to the common plec, the borneo loach has a translucent semi-transparent underbelly, through which you can see its heart beating. Quite fascinating to observe through your aquarium glass. These plecos do not grow anywhere near as big as a common plec over a lifetime, so are suitable for smaller aquaria.

Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only. Photo is of a mature loach with developed colouration - please be aware that it can take a while for full colour to develop, our Borneo stock are young loaches, which often present a dull grey colour to start, with developing patterning and vibrancy through growth. This species is quite sensitive to water conditions, so please ensure your water quality is optimum, and take a little extra time acclimatising.

Supplied size: 1-3cm (small)
Maximum size: 8cm
Origin: China
Ideal number kept together: 1+

Water conditions
Our conditions: pH 7.5, temp 22 °C
Ideal pH: 6.5-8.0
Hardness: 36–268 ppm
Ideal temperature: 16–24 °C

Ease of care
Moderate. They are great for a nano aquarium as they stay relatively small, but can be very sensitive to poor water quality or changes in conditions.

Feed Borneo Loaches small sinking pellets and algae wafers. Borneo loach will feed on algae present on aquarium glass and plant leaves, please ensure a steady supply of nutrients. Driftwood provides an ideal shelter and grazing environment.

Peaceful, community temperate or tropical aquarium. They live well with tank mates such as Tetras, Rasbora, Livebearers, Danios, etc - fish of a similar size. Avoid housing with larger algae-grazers who may out-compete the Borneo loach for food.

Not likely to spawn in home aquaria, ideal conditions are difficult to replicate in captivity. Females tend to grow at a faster rate than males and may appear larger in body.

Life Span
The average lifespan of a Borneo Loach is 3-8 years in perfect conditions.

For more information on general fishkeeping and our shipping procedures click here.

In stock orders placed before 2pm will be despatched on the same working day (not including palletised items, pond plants or fibreglass ponds).

Pre-orders are shipped once we have the stock available and will be shipped using the service chosen at checkout.

All services are working day services and do not include delivery on Saturdays and Sundays or public holidays as standard. Deliveries are usually Monday to Friday only, although some Royal Mail items may be delivered on weekends as standard if the service is available in your area.

 Packet/Courier items    
 Royal Mail (2-3 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £2.99
 Royal Mail Next Day (1-2 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £4.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day)  £0.00-£49.99 £7.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day)  £50 and up FREE
 Pallets (booked in)  aquariums / bulky items  

 Pallets Standard (3-5 days)


 Pallets Express (1-2 days)

 - £39.99


*EXCLUDED ITEMS  extra delivery fees apply:
 Fibreglass Ponds (booked in)    

 Zone 1 (7-10 days)

 - £79.99
 Zone 2 (7-14 days)  - £149.99
 Zone 3 (7-21 days)  - £249.99
Pond Plants (direct from grower)
All pond plants (3-10 days) one-off fee regardless of order size/value £5.99

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