Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus

17. February 2014

These strange whiptail catfish, in nature living in a sandy habitat, are regularly imported, although in low numbers. This species requires a sandy substrate, in which they can hide themselves. Because this is a shy fish absolute care needs be taken in the choice of tank mates. The reproduction of this species is not very difficult, if we consider its requirements. The male fish carries the eggs as a clutch, carefully surrounded by its enlarged lips for approximately 14 days. As soon as the fry is hatched, they are released and further care by the male has not been seen. Catching this fish should be taken with care because of the Odontods (little bony hairs on the exoskeleton) on the Rostrum. These can be entangled in the fishnet and could damage the fish beyond repair. Concerning feeding this species is not very picky and it will accept all available fish food, like frozen, flake or pellets. Especially freshly hatched brine shrimps are taken eagerly. (Photo & Text: Thomas Weidner)

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