multiradiatus (Orcés-Villagomez, 1960)
contributors to this species:
Ralph (4) Johnny
Jensen's Photographic Library (4)
multiradiatus has a 17 dorsal ray count compared to B.
splendens (12) and B.britskii (15) and it has also
a far longer snout than the latter two. Aquarium
Care: Best kept in water which has a
pH in the range of 6.0-7.2, and hardness in the range up to 15.0
dGH. This catfish is ideally suited to temperatures in the range
of 21-24ºC. I would suggest a tank
of the minimum size of 30” x 15” X 12” for a shoal.
The preferred substrate for keeping these catfish should be good
quality aquarium sand such as BD Aquarium Sand, or very smooth rounded
gravel in order to prevent their barbels from being damaged. The
aquarium should provide some shelter in the form of rocks, bogwood
and aquatic plants. As with all other species of fish, water quality
and general husbandry is very important, and recommended would be
a minimum of 25% water is changed on a fortnightly basis. Diet:
As with all the other Brochis they will readily accept
a mixed and varied diet, catfish pellets, good quality flake foods,
granular foods, cultured whiteworm and frozen foods such as bloodworm
to name but a few.
Amazon River basin, Ecuador and Peru. Type locality:
afluente occidental del río Lagartococha, cerca del poblado
de Garza-Cocha, sistema del alto Napo.
||9cm ( 3ins)
no. 129. March 2007.