The Jaguar Loach (Yasuhikotakia splendida) comes from a handful of localities in the Xe Pian river, a tributary system of the Xe Khong ,which itself drains into the Mekong river main channel, in the Champasak and Attapeu provinces of southern Laos.
The Jaguar Loach is a shoaling species that does best in groups of at least 6 or more fish. They are an inquisitive, semi aggressive species that does best with their own kind and are probably not the best choice for a community tank.
Like many other loaches they need highly filtered, well oxygenated water with a moderate current in the tank to mimic their natural environment. A power head or two with a venturi will handle this requirement. They are extremely intolerant to accumulations of organic waste and require spotless water conditions in order to thrive in an aquarium environment. Weekly 30-50% tank volume water changes should be considered routine maintenance.
Lighting for Jaguar Loaches should be relatively subdued, and plants like Microsorum, Taxiphyllum or Anubias spp. that can be can be attached to pieces of driftwood or other décor in the tank to provide shade are good choices.
The Jaguar Loach will eat sinking pellets, granules or wafers, live or frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp and chopped prawns.
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi aggressive
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Water Conditions: 22°c - 30°c , KH 8-18, pH 6.8-7.2
Max Size: 4″
Color Form: Tan, Yellow
Compatibility: Keep with other of same species
Origin: Southern Laos
Life Span: 8 – 15 years