Inhabits clearwater streams
with sandy to muddy bottom, up to 2.5 m deep, with
water flow up to 50 cm/sec. Supposedly an air-breather
that hides amidst plant debris on the bottom during
the day. Feeds mainly on chironomid larvae and oligochaetes,
besides larvae of several aquatic insects.
Aquarium Care: Very peaceful species which
will do well in a quite community tank where the tank
mates are non-aggressive. Does not bury itself in
the substrate as much as other species of this family.
Provide a sand substrate and a planted dark area to
make them feel more secure in their surroundings.
Better to feed at lights out or in a dimly lit tank
so they can get their share of any foodstuffs. Diet:
Live and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, tubifex
and small crustacea. Tablet foods and sunken flake
that lies on the bottom is also taken.
Paraguay-Paraná and Uruguay River basins, of
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Type
locality: Villa Rica, Paraguay; and Posadas,
Río Parana [Argentina].
2003. Aspredinidae (Banjo catfishes). p. 261-267.
In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr.
(eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South
and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2019. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 08/2019 ).