There are only two species
in the genus Dianema, the other being Dianema
the Porthole cat. This is of course the Flagtail cat
as looking at the image you can see this trait in
the caudal fin, it shares these unusual markings along
is also placed in the same family, Callichthyidae.
Aquarium Care: This is a peaceful
midwater to bottom swimmer that will do better if
kept in a group of at least 4 as individuals on their
own tend to sulk and never seem to progress too well.
Try to resist placing them in an aquarium with aggressive
species such as some Cichlids, they will do better
with the usual community type fish and of course along
with Corydoras sp. Diet: Omnivorous,
taking most foods but preferring live and frozen such
as daphnia, worms, white and grindal, and bloodworms.
Will also accept good quality flake and tablet foods.
Reproduction: This fish has proved
a challenge for quite a few catfish enthusiasts over
the years. There has been unconfirmed reports of breeding
triumphs but no documentation as yet to prove this
theory. It is reported to be a bubblenest breeder
just like its cousins in the Hoplo/Megalechis/Lepthoplosternum-complex.
Brazil, Amazon River basin. Type locality:
29. Nov.1998. Riehl, R. and H.A. Baensch 1987 Aquarien
Atlas. Band. 1. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur-
und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 992 p. Burgess, W.E. 1989 An atlas of freshwater
and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey of the
Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City,
New Jersey (USA). 784 p.