Clay Hoplo (Hoplosternum littorale)

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Clay Hoplo

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Clay Hoplo

Hoplosternum littorale

208 Litres (55 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")


1 - 1.005


6.5 - 7.0

18 -24 °C (64.4-75.2°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-4 years



Additional names

Clay Hoplo, Hassar, Cascadura, Fork tailed Hoplo

Additional scientific names

Callichthys albidus, Callichthys chiquitos, Callichthys laevigatus, Callichthys littoralis, Callichthys melampterus, Callichthys subulatus, Cascadura maculocephala, Cataphractops melampterus, Hoplosternum laevigatum, Hoplosternum littorale daillyi, Hoplosternum schreineri, Hoplosternum shirui, Hoplosternum stevardii

Tank compatibility[edit]

A generally peaceful fish that will cohabit with its own kind. It may be a threat to very small fish or fry, but otherwise be fine with similar sized peaceful fish.


Should accept most sinking meaty foods including catfish wafers, bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day. Preferred to be fed at dusk. Active night characteristics.


These fish look like extra large over-grown Corydoras, they are a relative. The chunky body is dark olive/brown in colour with some darker blotches. It has large "armour plating" scales down its flanks. It has two long sets of barbels and a pointed snout. Albino variants have been seen.



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