The differences between the Panaqolus and
the Panaque genera is that the latter has
an oval shaped mouth and the jaws have very large
spatulate teeth with a single cusp, arranged in a
v form and Panaqolus have a small number
of spatulate teeth and are also a smaller genus. Aquarium
Care: Peaceful in the aquarium
but not suitable for planted tanks as they are plant
eaters. Tank set-up should contain wood of some description
as the Panaques need this in their diet. Plants will
not work too well as they will be eaten so plenty
of wood scattered around the tank with a few caves
for spawning activities on a sand or small rounded
gravel bed will do just fine. Provide strong aeration
due to the higher temperatures involved. Diet:
All Panaques and also the Panaqolus
genera are wood eaters (biofilm) so would need this
in an aquarium set-up. Feed also vegetable foods such
as cucumber, courgette (zucchini) and sinking tablets.
Sexual Differences: Males have long
interopercular spines and their body is adorned with
Rio Nanay, Peru.
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p.