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The Borneo Sucker, scientifically known as Gastromyzon ctenocephalus, is a fascinating and unique freshwater fish species that adds a touch of natural beauty and interest to any aquarium. With its distinctive appearance and specialized feeding habits, the Borneo Sucker is a captivating addition for aquarists.


The Borneo Sucker features a slender body with a beautiful mottled pattern of brown, black, and white, providing excellent camouflage in its natural habitat. They have a unique mouth structure with modified lips that are perfectly adapted for grazing on algae-covered surfaces, such as rocks and driftwood. They typically reach a size of around 3 to 4 inches, making them suitable for smaller to medium-sized aquariums.


Known for their peaceful and sociable nature, Borneo Suckers are well-suited for community tanks with other peaceful fish species. They prefer a well-decorated aquarium with plenty of rocks, driftwood, and live plants, which provide them with surfaces to graze on and explore. Providing ample hiding spots and a gentle water flow will help create a comfortable environment for them.


Feeding the Borneo Sucker is relatively easy as they are primarily herbivorous. Their diet consists mainly of algae and biofilm present on various surfaces in the aquarium. While they will graze on algae naturally occurring in the tank, supplementing their diet with algae wafers or blanched vegetables like zucchini or spinach is recommended to ensure they receive proper nutrition.


Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 75-82°F
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Hardness: 2-15 dGH


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Borneo Sucker/ Loach

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