Similar looking to Callichthys
but is smaller and its body is not as flattened as
this species and has larger eyes. Habitat:
Unlike all other genera of subfamily Callichthyinae,
the species of Lepthoplosternum are absent
in the northern portion of the South American continent,
north of the Rio Amazonas. The species list that are
in the upper Rio Amazonas are, Peru (L.
altamazonicum), middle Rio Madeira
beni), Rio Paraguay (L. pectorale),
and in the laguna dos Patos drainage (L.
tordilho) in southern
Brazil (Roberto E. Reis). Aquarium Care:
Peaceful species which will do well in a planted tank
with free swimming place. They can be quite easily
housed in your planted community tank as they don't
grow as large as Megalechis
thoracata or Hoplosternum
littorale and don't show any aggressive
tendencies. Being from the southern parts of the South
American continent it prefers tempertures to be on
the lower side of tropical i.e: under 75°f.
Reproduction: This is a bubble-nester, where
the female deposits her eggs in floating plant material
or a floating polystyrene lid. Will attempt to spawn
in a community setup, but if they do it would be a
good idea to move the pair to their own breeding tank
to make sure that the spawning is successful, in that
the fry will survive the attentions of the rest of
the tank inmates. Males have thicker pectoral spnes.
To read a report on breeding this species you can
go to the breeding article
section for an indepth look at "how to do it".
Diet: As with most "Hoplo's" a
good varied diet of frozen, live and a good quality
flake food. It will eat most things given and of course
keeping up the water changes.