The Panda Garra is an ornate sucker-mouth loach. Like its namesake the panda, the Panda Garra features broad, alternating bands of light and dark coloration. Its unique markings are highlighted with diamond-shaped scale patterns and hints of red coloration in its fins. Due to its unusual markings and peaceful nature, the Panda Garra makes a great addition to well-filtered aquariums 30 gallons and larger.
In the wild, the Panda Garra inhabits well-oxygenated, fast-flowing streams. The addition of a powerhead or the use of a slightly oversized filter will increase filtration and water movement to help recreate natural conditions. While its sucker-like mouth may suggest the Panda Garra is a scavenger or algae-eater, it is crucial not to restrict its diet solely on available algae or food debris. Panda Garras are omnivorous and their diet should consist of prepared algae flake food or algae tablets as well as frozen or freeze-dried foods. The occasional addition of bloodworms or tubifex worms provides a nutritionally balanced and varied diet.