Borneo Sucker an ornamental fish native to Indonesia As the name implies, this fish came from the island of Borneo. Borneo Sucker often found in children's watery river rapids, with environmental conditions: pH 6.5, temperature 20-24 ° C, and hardness (GH) 5. Right on the river cascade, Banjarmasin, for example, fish is often found, especially at the end of the dry season.
Borneo Sucker has berdapatasi to life in swift water. In such an environment evolution Borneo Sucker form a kind of "vacuum" in the belly and fins. Thus, these fish can attach itself securely on the local rocks without fear washed away.
At first glance this fish fish fish is similar to a broom-broom (Sucker-mouth), although Borneo Sucker "is not classified as catfish, as well as broom-broom, but included in the Balitoridae family.
The average size is 5 cm Borneo Sucker, rarely found a more than 6 cm in length. Some reports mention that these fish can reach lengths of 10 cm. Borneo Sucker classified as very active, therefore, if you find these fish remain silent (especially at the time of purchase) there is the possibility of fish is "not right".
In nature, Borneo sucker eat algae (algae) that grows on rocks as food. Therefore, this fish is often not suited to looking at the new aquarium. In order to maintain it properly and sustainable should be prepared aquarium with rocks that have moss. Borneo Sucker until a certain stage to accept other types of feed. It was thought these fish tend to be carnivores, because allegedly the nature of this fish larvae also consume small insects, and crustaceans. Therefore, the Borneo Sucker may receive form of feed pellets, flake, shrimp pellets, live food or frozen food, especially bloodworm and brine. However for long-term maintenance or purpose of breeding, feeding with moss is recommended.
Given Borneo sucker is a fish that comes from fast-flowing river rapids, then setup an aquarium with artificial currents are highly recommended. This artificial flow can be created by modifying the output of the pump head in such a way that will manghasilkan adequate flow.
Determination of sexes in Borneo Sucker relatively difficult. Generally it can be mentioned: the size slightly larger male fish than female fish. Male snouts tend to be more "square" compared with female snout that is more "rounded". In male fish found 2 bulge "nose" on each side of the snout. This bulge will appear more clearly at the time of mating. Male color brighter. By the time mating male fish generally will actively make a nest, that is by digging gravel or sand is actively using its tail.
Suckers may be regarded as the breeding Bornea tricky. Some hobbyists report found the seed Borneo suckers in the tank. This happens, especially at hobbyists who setup the tank such as native fish habitat condition. Thus one can be loaded to the breeding of Borneo Sucker is to prepare the aquarium water such that the parameters and conditions are more or less similar to actual conditions in nature.
Borneo Sucker included in the class of "egg layer". During mating the female will lay her eggs in nests that had been prepared by the male. Furthermore, these eggs will be fertilized by the male. In order for this spawning ritual is going well, the aquarium spawning materials need to be prepared for the male to prepare the nest. This material in the form of fine gravel (mean size 0.5 cm). It's good disiapakan gravel size varied with diameter of 0.5 cm gravel dominance. Provision of live aquatic plants will greatly assist this process of spawning. At least substrate plant and its ecosystem will help in growing microorganisms to seed later feed. Normally fertilized egg will hatch within a week.