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Parailia congica Boulenger, 1899

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Relevant Information:

4 pairs of barbels. Feed mainly on aquatic and small terrestrial insects. Oviparous, eggs are unguarded. Aquarium Care: Better to be kept in groups of at least four as they will not do too well as solitary animals. Quite a delicate catfish for the aquarium so would need good filtration and water changes adhered to. Diet: Daphnia and frozen mosquito larvae.

Common Name:

African glass catfish


Parailia congiga, P. longifilis 




Africa: Congo Basin. Type locality: Ebinga (rivière du lac Léopold II).


9cm. (3½ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)


6.5 -7.2.


Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1985 Aquarien atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (11/2009).
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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