Hillstream Loach

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  • All our live fish, shrimp, snails are care with love and passion, when through minimum of 14 days quarantined and shipped from Splashy Fish facility in Springfield, Virginia, USA

This is only apply to live fish order.

Live Arrival Guarantee:

We have a lot of experience with shipping live fish orders. In 2021, Our records showed that we only have a 0.5 % Dead on Arrival rate for all live fish orders, compared to the industry standard is at 1.5%. This means that out of 1000 live orders that we shipped to our customer only 5 orders would have fish that arrived dead.

At Splashy Fish, we ensure that our customers are happy and satisfied with their orders. We offer a 100% Live Arrival Guarantee on all of our animals that are shipped to the customer via USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

Splashy Fish has the right to void Live Arrival Guarantee protection if these circumstances include: 

  1. The customer has chosen USPS First Class Mail as a shipped method. 
  2. Shipping address to a PO Box
  3. The order was refused delivery by the customer.
  4. The order was return to sender for any reason such as but not limited to wrong shipping address, the address is undeliverable, etc.
  5. The order was held for pick up at USPS, UPS, FedEx offices no longer than 24 hours after the last update on the tracking number. 
  6. Live Arrival Guarantee claim does not include all the requirements mentioned below
  7. Live Arrival Guarantee claim made after the arrival period is mentioned below. 
  8. The Fish/Animal have to be in original packaging. 

Live Arrival Guarantee Claim Period: 

For Live Fish and other invertebrates: one and a half hours (1.5 hours) of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

For Snails48 hours of posted delivery time or customer received time. 

How to claim for Splashy Fish's Live Arrival Guarantee: 

If there is an incident when your fish are delivered "dead on arrival,” 

  1. Take 1 picture of the shipping box and the shipping label. 
  2. For live fish and other invertebrates: Take 2 pictures of each of the fish bags that is dead on arrival (the pictures have to show the bag in its original condition, unopened with the original rubber band)
For Snail: Snail generally take longer to acclimate, our customer will have 48 hours of posted delivery time to claim for Live Arrival Guarantee. Please place the snail at the one corner of the tank and within 48 hours and any snail didn't move. Please take pictures of the snail where the opening. 
  1. Send us an email to DOA@splashyfishstore.com with the subject line: DOA and Your Order Number OR messaged us on our social media
  2. Body of the text: Your tracking number
  3. The claim must be sent within the claim period mentioned above. 

After submitting all the information required above it will take us 1 to 3 business days to determine the cause of dead on arrival. If the claim was valid and approved by our team, Once We approved your claim, You will 

  1. Received the store credit for future purchase of the dead on arrival fish excluding the shipping cost. 

If the Live Arrival Guarantee claim doesn't include all the requirements listed above, Splashy Fish has all the rights to reject your claim.



We ship all of the customer orders from our warehouse located in Springfield, VA. We pack and ship our orders depending on the orders with the exception of someday we cannot ship out live fish.

All Live Fish orders will be shipped out on Tuesday and Wednesday each week for overnight shipping by UPS.

Monday to Saturday:  We will pack and ship out all orders that do not contain live fish. 

Sunday: (Splashy Day) Today is the day we let our hard-working team members and our fish to destress and ready for the following week's shipment.

For more information regarding about shipping please visit us our Shipping Policy and Schedule

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Hillstream Loach (scientific name: Sewellia lineolata) marks your aquarium with its torpedo-shaped body, wing-like pectoral and pelvic fins which create an advantage for them to undergo fast-moving currents. Hillstream Loaches are native to Asia where there lies rapid-moving streams and rivers. They prefer the similar habitat as such equipping your aquarium with a powerhead is a must.

Like other loaches, Hillstream love to spend their time on the bottom of the tank and burrow themselves into live aquatic plants. They go well with java moss, anubias species and many others. Hillstream Loach is the hardiest and boldest species. Under the proper and stable water parameters (i.e., plenty of oxygen, cold temperature and neutral pH level), they can thrive up to 10 years.

This Loach’s main diets are biofilm and algae in nature. Despite that, they can also accept other types of fish food such as frozen and dry ones. 

It is quite pleasing to watch Hillstream Loach gliding little by little on the bottom of the tank. As peaceful as they are, Hillstream Loaches are totally safe to keep with other non-aggressive fish, snails and shrimp (e.g., small rasboras, tetras). One more note, Hillstream Loach prefers living in school and a group of six is an ideal option for a small aquarium.

What You Can Expect From This Fish:

  • Torpedo-shaped body and great ability to live in fast-moving currents  
  • Peaceful disposition
  • Active social behavior when kept in colonies


  • Temperature: 68° - 75° F (20° - 23.9° C)
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • KH: 4 – 8 dKH
  • Minimum tank size: 30 gallons or more for a small group


  • Diet: Biofilm and algae is required, other types can be accepted such as dry foods and frozen foods.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful on most occasions
  • Origin: Asia, mostly found in rapid-moving streams and rivers
  • Average adult size: 2.2 – 2.6 inches (5.5 – 6.5 cm)
  • Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 – 5 cm) 

See more details about care guide for Hillstream Loach here.

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