Hailing from the forest streams of the Orinoco region, this unusual -looking catfish is perfect for the botanical-style aquarium- and well, it actually LOOKS like a botanical, if you ask us!
If ever there were a fish for the leaf-litter biotope, this unique, fun, and easy-to keep catfish is it! It's a great addition to a very peaceful aquarium, with its largely sedentary, reclusive lifestyle.
Although adaptable to a pH range from acidic to alkaline, the fish looks its best in a blackwater aquarium with soft slightly acidic water, in our opinion! It is most comfortable with lots of soft sand, a few well-spaced driftwood tangles, and perhaps some leaves and other botanicals for good measure! This species seems to prefer more subdued lighting and the comfort of a matrix of wood, botanicals, and leaves to retreat to now and then, so keep this in mind when setting up an aquarium for it.
The Banjo Catfish is ridiculously peaceful, even with members of it's own kind, so you can keep a group of them without any issues if you have a large enough aquarium.
Hardly fussy with regards to water chemistry, it fares well at water temperatures ranging from 76-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Employ overall good husbandry, including regular water exchanges and careful feeding to keep the fish healthy and happy.
This fish spends a lot of time "grazing" upon leaf litter and the biocover that accumulates on it. It is a voracious feeder, however, so make sure it gets plenty of food! A balanced diet of meaty and vegetable foods should be provided, such as Brine Shrimp, Blood Worms, Daphnia, etc., live foods like black worms, as well as algal films present on wood, rocks, etc.
A great choice for a medium-sized aquarium with peaceful fishes.
SOURCE: Net collected Orinoco
CARE LEVEL: Novice-Intermediate
TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful and somewhat inactive.
NATURAL DIET: Algal films, small invertebrates
COMPATIBILITY: Peaceful with most fishes; can co-exist with others of its own kind with sufficient space and hardscape.
MAXIMUM SIZE: Approx. 6"
IDEALLY SUITED FOR: A variety of blackwater botanical habitats, but can also be kept in slightly alkaline environments as well. As with most loricarids, stability is more important than hitting specific "target numbers" for this fish.
NOTE: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. You will be receiving a specimen which looks similar to the one shown in our photo, but should expect variations in color.
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