Leigh Murphy (4)
Allan James (1) Devya Hemraj
Water parameters are not too critical with this species
as they are quite hardy, along with the other members
of this genus, as long as it is not too way out
of course. I do find that if the nitrate values drop
the barbels will very quickly wear away, but a few
water changes will have them looking their best
again. If you keep your normal tank maintenance up
with regular water changes (to keep the nitrates down)
and good filtration ( power filters) you should have
this catfish living for a good number of years. A
planted aquarium can sometimes be a problem with Pimelodus
as they can be quite boisterous and can dig up the
plants in their night -time forays. Strong plants
like Java Fern tied to bogwood or rockwork usually
work out the best bet, but you can try the trial and
error method with planting to find the best solution.
Pimelodus albofasciatus can of course be predatory
along with most of the members of this family, so
they must be kept with species larger or compatible
with it such as barbs, gouramis, cichlids and other
South American catfish. An aquarium 36" long
would accommodate one individual but over this size
you can house two or more, as I have been keeping
two together now for a number of years in a 4' x 18"
x 15" tank with no problems apart from a few
skirmishes, which don't amount to much.Give
them pipes or rockwork to create their own territory
to make them feel comfortable in their surroundings.
Colouration: The lateral body stripes
are seperated by a white margin line which runs from
the gills to the caudal peduncle. Diet:
Mostly live foods such as earthworms, whiteworms and
frozen foods such as bloodworm and tubifex. Will also
accept catfish pellets and tablet food.
Amazon, Orinoco, upper Corantijn and Sipaliwini River
35. May 1999. Sands, David; Catfishes of the World
Vol. 3 Auchenipteridae & Pimelodidae. Dunure Publications.
1984. 145 p.