African Bullhead (Lophiobagrus cyclurus)

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African Bullhead

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African Bullhead

Lophiobagrus cyclurus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.5 - 8.0

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

15-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods

5-8 years

Family

Claroteidae



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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