Forms large schools in pools,
rivers and smaller streams with muddy bottoms or among
vegetation near the shore. Prefers to swim upside-down
and will feed in this position as it skims along just
under the surface sucking in floating food. The mouth
is ventrally located and the teeth are 'fused' together
into a rasping patch or plate that is used to scrape
algae and slime as well as other types of organisms
off the surfaces of the plants, stones, driftwood,
etc. Aquarium Care: Best in a group.
No problem as long as you keep them in large enough
tanks. Diet: Will eat a variety of
foods and as in most members of this genus they are
not a problem to feed. Tablet and pellet foods with
a good quality flake, frozen bloodworms and some veg
foods such as cucumber and courgette.
Congo Dem Rep , Congo Rep , Congo basin. Type
locality: fiume Rubi a Buta [upper Congo
10.0cm. T.L. (4ins)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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