African Bullhead (Lophiobagrus cyclurus)

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African Bullhead

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African Bullhead

Lophiobagrus cyclurus

Moderate

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.5 - 8.0

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15-25 °d

1:1 M:F

5-8 years



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Additional names

Tanganyikan Catfish, African Bullhead

Additional scientific names

Chrysichthys cyclurus, Lophiobagrus lestradei


Origin

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.

Sexing

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility

Does best in a Tanganyikan set up without fish that may bully it. It may eat smaller fish and will eat any invertebrates.

Diet

Prefers a predominantly meaty diet with sinking catfish wafers, bloodworm, daphnia and ghost shrimp. May occasionally accept vege based foods.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day, best fed with the tank lights off.

Environment Specifics

Requires a spacious well filtered tank with hiding places among rocks. Prefers alkaline conditions.

Behaviour

A nocturnal catfish, will spend the majority of the day time hidden.

Identification

A fairly chunky looking catfish with a cylindrical body, large mouth and fairly thick barbels. It's body is olive-red brown in colour with a pale belly. A white morph (not albino) has been seen.

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