Very peaceful species which will do well in a quite
community tank where the tank mates are non-aggressive.
Spends most of the day buried in the sand substrate.
Provide sand as a substrate and a planted dark area
to make them feel more secure in their surroundings.
Can be kept in fresh or brackish water systems. The
males are more colourful than the females and also
possess a longer dorsal and pectoral fins. Diet:
Live and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, tubifex,
earthworms, whiteworms and small crustacea. Tablet
foods and sunken flake that lies on the bottom is
also taken. Reproduction: The eggs
stick to the females abdomen after spawning. Short
stalks appear with the eggs attached and only disappear
when the eggs hatch.
South America:Coastal waters and lower portions of rivers
of northern South America, from Venezuela to northern
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Riehl 1985 Aquarien
atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und
Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p. Catfish Study Group; Information
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of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa