Scientific name: Mesonoemacheilus triangularis (Day, 1865)
Common name: Batik loach, Zodiac loach
Synonyms: Nemacheilus triangularis, Noemacheilus triangular triangularis
Distribution: Western Ghats, Kerala, India
Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown
Maximum size: 2.5 inches (5.8cm)
Similar to: Mesonoemacheilus guentheri, various Nemacheilus species
Care: The tank for this fish should mimic its natural environment in the gravel bottom hillstream of India, in other words, typical brook loach conditions. That includes clean, well-oxygenated water with a good flow, gravel substrate, plenty of rocks and hiding places. Hiding places are particularly important for this territorial species.
Feeding: Bloodworms, brine shrimp and Mysis shrimp are preferred foods.
Water parameters: pH: 7.0-7.5 Hardness: medium Max DH: 12
Temperature: 68ºF to 79ºF (20-26°C)
Breeding: This species has been bred in captivity using a spawning mop. Follow this link for an article about breeding Batik loaches: