I wish I had done more research before I purchased him but alas I now have a Hillstream Loach ie hongkong Pleco.
I am torn where to place him.
I have a 40gallon tank which long term will house A black Moor and An Oranda, temperate fish and Hillstream Loach are currently temporally housed in this tank too. It has a EHEIM pick up 2012 filter with venturi air diffusor.
I also have a spare 3ftx1ftx1ft tank which I intend to set up as a tropical tank very soon to move my temperate fish into.
I am torn where to put my Hillstream Loach as he gets on very well with goldies and I hide his food in a Haunted house which goldies are too fat to get in so I know Hill stream Loach must eat. My temperate fish don't show as much interest in Loaches wafer but first of all my goldies being greedy were all over it so through trial and error I have corrected this. My Hillstream Loach is newest member to tank. I am going to try him with some peas and cucumber tonight. Long term can I keep him with my goldies as I fear moving him in heated tank wouldn't be good for him. I could purchase an addiction filter for 40gallon to help with water flow as they like good currents or get a good bubble machine for him. I would if I do go with keeping him in Goldie tank need to get him a friend as they like there own company. My only other options if his not good with goldies long term is to put him in an unheated tank with temperate fish and buy a power head to get a good waterflow to create streamlike conditions I know my cloud minnow love a good waterflow but I then have the dilemma of my platys who actually tho temperate get on bit better in slightly warmer conditions. In temperate tank I would have 4danios, 2 platys 3 minnows so prob would have room to get Hillstream a friend after tanks cycled. Any advice would be great I really don't know what to do and feel really silly not to have done better research, My only other option is too take him back to LFS
as I cant and don't have room for a species only tank for him unfortunately which I think probably would have been the best idea.
Out of these options please advice what is best overall where possible ?