Heterotis niloticus

6. July 2007

As next the relative of the largest truly freshwater fish Arapaima gigas Heterotis niloticus has a large attractiveness. With a maximum length of scarcely about one meter it is however more suitable for the aquarium maintenance than its South American relatives. In Africa they originally inhabit different waters types south the Sahara.

A difference to all the other bonytongues lies in the way they nourish. It feeds mostly on plankton, being the only plankton-feeder of the Osteoglossidae.

Live red mosquito larvae have proven to be the ideal food for this species of fish. Even 30-40 cm long specimens eat this food enthusiastically.

For our customers: depending on their size, the animals have the code numbers 140500 (3-4 cm) to 140507 (25-35 cm) on our stock list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

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