The Horseface Loach is a good sized fish that can get up to 8 inches (20 cm) or more in the wild, though they are usually smaller in the aquarium. They generally have a life span of about 10 – 12 years.
The body of this interesting loach is elongated, with a flat belly. The snout is characteristically long and bends downward about halfway between the eyes and nose. It strongly resembles a horse! (go figure) The eyes are covered with a transparent layer and are perched near the top of the head, and slightly protrude from the head. There are no scales on this fish’s head. The back and sides of the fish are light brown with various spots and stripes. The lower parts of the fish are white while the fins are brownish.