Depinnai Catfish (Aspidoras depinnai)

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Depinnai Catfish

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Depinnai Catfish

Aspidoras depinnai

76 Litres (20 US G.)

2.5-3.6cm (1-1.4 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.2

21.7-23.9°C (71 -75 °F)

5-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

15-25 years

Family

Callichthyidae




Origin

Sexing

Mature females will appear more full in the belly than slimmer males. Can be tricky to visually sex.

Tank compatibility

These fish must be kept in a group of at least 5 or 6. They are very small and peaceful and should only be kept with similar sized peaceful South American fish such as Neon Tetras. They will not do well with boisterous fish and may be eaten by larger fish.

Diet

These fish should accept most sinking foods including pellets and wafers, they relish live foods however such as daphnia and bloodworm.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

These fish are best kept on a soft sandy or small rounded gravel substrate as sharp substrate can damage their barbels. They are best in a South American biotope set up with dense planting and bogwood. The appreciate some current but not strong, enough for the tank to be well oxygenated, and they should not be in a tank with very bright lighting without having somewhere to hide.

Behaviour

A peaceful bottom-dwelling fish that is best in the company of its own kind.

Identification

Similar in shape to its cousins, the Corydoras, the difference being that Corydoras possess only a single fontanel (opening) in the top of the skull, while Aspidoras have a dual fontanel. It is slightly more elongated still with barbels around the mouth. The body is cream in base colour with mottled dark grey markings that vary in shape but can appear like irregular diagonal bands on the flanks.

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