This fish is probably imported alongsidePlatydoras
armulatus, for if you look into a tank of the latter
in any shop you will usually find one or two O.eigenmanni
there. They are quite easy to spot with experience, as O.eigenmanni,
as the common name suggests, has a longer nose, plus the
scutes that adorn the sides of the body are smaller, and I find
that it is usually a bit darker in colouration than P. armulatus.
Aquarium Care: This is a very nocturnal catfish,
so give it plenty of hiding places such as pipes or rockwork
and you will get the added bonus of seeing it on the odd occasion.
Diet: Will eat anything hence the body shape it attains.
You could also feed tablet food at lights out, just to make
sure that it is getting its fair share. If you feed your usual
fare to your aquarium inhabitants you will usually find a very
large and fat O.eigenmanni the odd times that you do
Long-nosed Raphael Catfish
Orinoco River basin: Venezuela. Type locality:
Venezuela: Caño de Quiribana near Caicara.