Splendid finned vacuum cleaner

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This interesting freshwater fish is native to East Asia, where it lives in fast-flowing waters at higher altitudes in China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

This extremely peaceful and sociable fish from the carp family offers an interesting behaviour and attractive appearance.

Data table for fin suckers

Scientific name: Sewellia lineolata
German name: Splendid finned sucker
Origin / area of origin: China / Asia
PH value: 6 to 8
Food: Algae, food tablets for catfish, partly live food
Breeding: Is possible in the aquarium
Ideal swarm size: From 4-6

What distinguishes the splendid finned vacuum cleaner?

The magnificent finned sucker (Sewellia lineolata) is a non-predatory fish that belongs to the genus of loaches. The cute animals live in small groups and spend most of the day grazing for rocks. Due to their unusual appearance and beautiful swimming behaviour it is a pleasure to watch this magnificent finned sucker. If the aquarium is set up according to its special needs for current and cleanliness, this striking ornamental fish is also suitable for less experienced keepers.

The appearance of the magnificent finned vacuum cleaner

They already look great, with their almost black net-like pattern and the bright yellow ground colour. Each fish carries a very individual pattern, whereby one or more longitudinal stripes are usually visible at the sides. The head is rather angular and the large expressive eyes are quite prominent and set high up. Instead of clearly separated pectoral and ventral fins, the magnificent finned sucker has two sucking fins each sitting close together, which it moves in a circular fanning motion when swimming.

The splendid finned sucker has a distinctive mouth with the barbels typical for carp fish. The up to six barbels can be clearly visible or even only hinted at. Adults reach sizes between 5 and 6 cm.

  • bright yellow with black net patterns
  • elegant suction fins
  • Length 5 to 6 cm

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Housing conditions of the finned sucker

The magnificent finned vacuum cleaner likes to be sociable and is completely uncomplicated. One should keep it in groups of 4 to 6 animals. Males and females can be mixed. Due to the social nature of the fish they are well suited for keeping with other current-loving and peaceful fish. In the community tank they get along very well with suitable Shrimp species.

  • Keeping medium to simple
  • needs current and oxygen-rich water
  • also in community tanks with peaceful species

Sex differences in the magnificent finned mammal

Males and females can be easily recognized by the base of their fins. In the female fish it is round and in the male angular. This difference is best seen when the funny fish have attached themselves to the panes of the aquarium.

Water values for the fin sucker

The magnificent finned vacuum cleaner needs a good current and oxygen-rich water. The water should never become too warm and should always be fresh. Therefore a weekly water change of up to 50% is recommended.

  • Water type: Fresh water
  • Temperature: 18° to 23°C
  • PH value: 6 to 8
  • Total hardness: 5° to 20°dGH

Food and nutrition for the magnificent finned mammal

In the wild it feeds on algae growth on stones and aquatic plants. It also takes in the smallest invertebrates that live on the surface of the grassy food source. In the aquarium finest scattered food as well as frozen food is suitable. Freshwater algae such as spirulina in tablet form are also popular. In addition, finely chopped cucumber and lettuce can be offered to the gorgeous fin sucker.

The ideal aquarium for the magnificent finned teat

For the medium-sized finned vacuum cleaner the size of the ideal aquarium starts at a minimum of 60 cm edge length and 50 litres capacity. Better are 80 cm and 100 liters of water, in which even a small group can easily find room. As already mentioned, the finned vacuum cleaner necessarily needs a stronger current. Sand or gravel should be chosen as a substrate. Suitable plants are large-leaved species such as the Brazilian water navel or the reddish-brown water calyx, on which the cozy fish likes to rest. In addition to the plants, the fish should be offered roots or caves as hiding places.

  • watch the current
  • Sand and gravel as a base with many smooth stones
  • large-leaved plantation
  • Roots as hiding place

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