First introduced in the DATZ
magazine of Sept. 1993 and given the L-number of 139.
A species that is not seen very often in the hobby
as this is one of the species that is restricted in
catchments in its natural habitat. Description:
The Hypostomus genus has 7 soft rays to the
dorsal fin whereas the similar looking Pterygoplichthys
species have 10 soft dorsal fin rays.Placed in the Hypostoumus cochliodon
species group which have a shorter body and more high
backed than other members of the Hypostomus.
They have a small number of spatulate teeth with a
single cusp with the jaws arranged in a V shape. Aquarium
Care: Adults are rather intolerent towards
other large Loricariid catfishes. Wil give out a lot
of waste in the aquarium so frequent water changes
are a must. Fairly easy to keep in a larger tank over
4ft (120cm). Diet: Wood eaters so
would need soft wood in the aquarium. Food tablets,
pellets and vegeatable foods are also taken along
with insect larvae.
Brazil, Pará, Rio Tapajós (Pimental-Itaituba).
All L-Numbers Datz
Special: Habitat, Care & Diet. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.