Belongs to the Family Cobitidae (which includes loaches). A charming little fellow with an interesting behavior. Beautiful color combination (it seems it was developed to match African cichlid coloration) this loach is not dyed. The actual colors are paler than shown in the picture which is underexposed (a result of very inaccurate readings because of the plants). When kept in small tanks they use to chase each other all day. This may not be their natural behavior but you can see them all day.
When kept in big tanks with lots of hiding places they show their true behavior. That is, you only see them at feeding time unless enough food is already at the bottom, in which case you do not see them at all. Some times it will simply lie on a rock motionless as if sunbathing. Don't panic if you see this fish lying motionless on its side - it is their usual resting position. It will eat a lot but it is definitely not picky when it comes to food (pellets, flakes, frozen or live food). A slow grower. Still in our 500 Liter tank, one of the first species acquired.