in principal river beds, in upstream parts of rivers,
downstream rapids, in backwater zones or on stony
bottoms of pools with dead tree trunks. Reproduction:
The presence of sperm in the mucus of the female's
genital tract is indicative of internal fertilisation.
Aquarium Care: Can be predatory with
smaller tankmates so choose carefully. Not suited
to be housed with smaller species but should fit in
with South American Cichlids, L-number cats and members
of the Doradidae family. Diet: Piscivorous.
Gregarious feeders in the aquarium and are not fussy
eaters. Earthworms, white and black worms, Tilapia
filets, or trout pieces, tablet and pellet foods and
frozen foods such as bloodworm. When adult you do
not need to feed this fish every day, every second
day would suffice on the diet of the above foods.
Active at dusk. Emits loud grumblings. Secretes toxic
mucus and the wounds caused by its pectoral spines
are very painful. The female can preserve spermatozoids
by coating them with original maternal secretions
and inserting them in the epithelium of its genital
Amazon, Corintijns, Essequibo, Orinoco, and Paraná
River basins. Also in major rivers of the Guianas.
Ros, Wolfgang (2008):
Ein Schmuckstück im Aquarium: Der Raubwels Pimelodus
ornatus, Aquaristik- Aktuell (4): 54-57.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2008. FishBase.
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version (11/2008). ScotCat