Tag Archives: Akysis

Akysis prashadi

4. February 2022

The range of small, peaceful catfishes from Asia is much smaller than from South America, but they do exist. Moth catfishes (Hara, Erethistes) for low flow aquariums and wasp catfishes (Akysis) for tanks with more flow are becoming increasingly popular.

Akysis get their name “wasp catfish” from the most famous species, Akysis vespa, whose sting with the poisonous pectoral fin spines really hurts. But also the other species (there are 24 accepted and scientifically described species so far) can sting nasty, therefore caution is required when catching them. But the small catfishes never attack actively!

Akysis prashadi belongs to the longest known species of the genus, the maximum 6-7 cm long fish was already scientifically described in 1936. It originates from Burma, where it lives endemically (i.e. only there) in the tributaries of Lake Indawgyi. Care is unproblematic, any common fish food is readily accepted. The animals like to bury themselves in fine sand, if the possibility exists. Akysis are egg layers, they do not practice brood care. Due to their origin the fish can be kept very well at room temperature, the temperature should not exceed 25°C permanently.

For our customers: the fish have code 362352 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Akysis portellus

13. April 2018

The wasp catfishes (Akysis) become more and more popular in the aquarium hobby. Their common name refers to venomous glands these fishes have at the base of the dorsal and the pectoral fins. A sting by the spines of these fins is very painful, though it it is harmless; only allergy sufferers should be double cautious.

Akysis portellus attains a maximum length of about 4-5 cm. It originates from the Sittang river basin in Burma. Here it lives in smaller brooks with clear water. One should keep these very peaceful animals always in groups. The tank should contain at least some patches with fine sand for Akysis love to burry themselves from time to time.

Oxygen-rich, clear and clean water: these are the conditions for Akysis catfish, here they feel very well. The water temperature should be between 22 and 26°C, at times the water can be even cooler. Akysis portellus feed on any usual type of ornamental fish food.

For our customers: the fish have code 362373 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer