Acantopsis dialuzona or Horse Face Loach is clear-water loach of mainland and islands in Southeast Asia from India to Indonesia.
The horseface loach's native substrate is one of sand or gravel, wherein it will characteristically burrow itself. These loaches spend much of their time buried in the substrate, leaving only their eyes uncovered.
Acantopsis dialuzona typically sift mouthfuls of substrate through the gills from which insect larvae, small crustaceans and suchlike are extracted. They’re not difficult to feed in aquaria but offer a varied diet comprising high quality sinking dried foods plus live and frozen Artemia, Tubifex, Daphnia, bloodworm, etc.
Temperature: 16 - 24 °C
pH: 6.0 - 8.0
Hardness: 18 - 215 ppm
Maximum Standard Length: 200 mm