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. 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. In its natural habitat
it feeds mainly on chironomid larvae and oligochaetes,
besides larvae of several aquatic insects.
Paraguay-Paraná and Uruguay River basins, of
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Type
locality: Villa Rica, Paraguay; and Posadas,
Río Parana [Argentina].
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Friel, J.P., 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. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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