inshore waters to 20 m deep, and restricted to the
rocky littoral zone. Rests on the bottom with the
modified maxillary barbels. Nocturnally active meanwhile
resting beneath rocks and within interstices in the
rock or rubble substrata during the day. Reproduction:
Oviparous. First report of bi-parental mouthbrooding
among catfishes. Aquarium Care: pH
7.6; hardness of water 12; temperature tolerance 25°C;
tank capacity, 60L. Aquarium lighting should be as
dark as possible as long as fishes are visible; a
peaceful, bottom-swimming fish which prefers a set-up
with rocks, plants, and driftwood in an aquarium.
This species is best kept in a group as it does like
company of its own kind and will feel more secure
as it is quite a shy catfish and can get bullied in
a tank with larger aggressive species. As with all
Bagrid type fish it will be attracted to smaller fish
at night and may predate on fry, but all in all a
good addition to a mixed Rift Valley tank set-up.
Diet: Stomach contents examined consist
of shrimps, occasionally debris from larval insects,
and fish remains which apparently are clupeids possibly
Limnothrissa. In its native habitat they feed on larval
insects and crustaceans and in the aquarium they will
eat most foods given such as frozen bloodworm, catfish
tablets, white worm (sparingly) prawns and shrimp.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (07/2009). ScotCat
no. 121. July 2006.