Armored Catfish (Callichthys callichthys)
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284 Litres (75 US G.)
17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")
5.8 - 8.0
18 -25 °C (64.4-77°F)
- Armored Catfish, Cascarudo, Bubblenest Catfish, Hassar, Mailed Catfish
Additional scientific names
- Callichthys affinis, Callichthys arcifer, Callichthys asper, Callichthys caelatus, Callichthys callichthys bolteni, Callichthys callichthys demararae, Callichthys depressus, Callichthys hemifractus, Callichthys kneri, Callichthys laeviceps, Callichthys loricatus, Callichthys tamoata, Silurus callichthys
- C. callichthys is distributed in all major river drainages of South America. It has a very wide range, extending from Trinidad to Buenos Aires, Argentina, including the upper Amazon River and Paraguay River systems.
- The females are larger and more robust than the males, while the males are brighter in colour.
- A generally peaceful nocturnal fish that should be housed with fish larger than 6.4cm (2.5"), smaller fish may be eaten. Does well with similar sized peaceful non-nippy South American fish.
- Can eat most regular prepared aquarium foods. Will accept most sinking foods including bloodworm as well as vegetable matter.
- Feed once or twice a day. This fish is nocturnal so is best fed after lights out.
- This fish is sub-tropical. It should have a spacious tank with a fine gravel substrate and stable décor and well rooted plants. Delicate plants may be uprooted. It is an excellent jumper and the tank should be well-covered.
- It is a peaceful and relatively undemanding species, usually active in dim light or at night, but hiding when the light is bright.
- In the wild this fish can "crawl" using it's ventral fins to move from a dried up habitat to a better one.
- Males are a delicate blue or violet sheen laterally with a more developed and longer pectoral fin spine that is reddish brown and edged with orange or reddish orange, the females are a dull olive-green.
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