Neonoemacheilus: Greek, neos = new.
Neonoemacheilus labeosus is a little known loach from Asia where it lives in fast flowing streams which are very well oxygenated. In captivity good water quality with a high oxygen content is essential. Good filtration and regular water changes are necessary to achieve this.
Small aquatic inverts make up the bulk of the natural diet. In the aquarium live or frozen blood worms, daphnia, brine shrimps, cyclops along with suitably sized sinking pellets will ensure a good diet.
There are no external differences between the sexes.
No reports of aquarium breeding.
IUCN Redlist - Least Concern. This fish is known only from the Salween basin and not India as reported. It is thought to be common throughout its range. Some of its range is affected by destructive fishing by the use of dynamite but the overall population is stable.
Distinguished from N. peguensis, its only congener, by the following characters: caudal peduncle depth 9.5-11.2% SL, 1.2-1.8 times in its length; 8 1/2 branched dorsal rays . Very thick lips surrounding a pre-oral cavity on the posterior top of which the mouth is situated .
pH: 6 - 7.5
dGH: 4 - 12
Temperature: 22 - 26°C (72 - 79°F)
Size: 7cm (2.75in)
Min tank size: 60 litres
Difficulty level: Moderate
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Bottom
Origin: Salween basin, Myanmar and Thailand
Habitat: Fast flowing streams.
Species: N. labeosus
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