Asian Stone Catfish (Erethistes jerdoni)

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Asian Stone Catfish

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Asian Stone Catfish

Erethistes jerdoni

38 Litres (10 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.7 - 7.2

20-23.9°C (68 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-6 years

Family

Erethistidae



Additional names

Asian Stone Catfish, Anchor Catfish, Asian Moth Catfish, Mini Moth Catfish

Additional scientific names

Hara jerdoni


Origin

Found in slow-moving hill streams in India and Bangladesh.

Sexing

Females are more have bodied, and males have slightly longer fins and barbels. This fish has been bred in captivity.

Tank compatibility

An entirely peaceful fish that does best with others of it's own kind. Keep only with similar-sized peaceful fish that will not harass this very shy creature. Would do well in a biotope setting with other fish originating from India such as Dario dario.

Diet

Prefers meaty live food like bloodworms and brine shrimp, may take frozen also. May not accept pellets or flake.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Needs places to hide and prefers a sandy substrate so as not to damage its barbels. Is planted tank safe so does well in densely planted tanks without very bright lighting and lots of caves in rocks/bogwood.

Behaviour

A shy and nocturnal fish, prefers to be in groups than alone.

Identification

This fish has the ability to change it's colour from light to dark to blend in with it's surroundings, including the eyes. It will turn from dark brown to tan-beige depending on substrate and décor it is near. The body of this fish has a very wide head and mouth with pointed long pectoral fins while the body narrows dramatically towards the tail.

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