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Large Catfish (1)
Genera : Agamyxis, Platydoras, Ancistrus, Otocinclus, Panaque etc.
Family : Doradidae, Loricaridae etc
Geographic Origin : South America
Common Names : Whip-tail, Algae Eater, Royal Panaque
Compatibility : Many of these catfishes grow very large. Adequate research
is recommended before undertaking the keeping of some of
these catfish. Some can be cannibalistic towards tankmates.
Consult specialist books on the subject.
Minimum aquarium size : Depends on species. Small Otocinclus are fine in an
18" x 10" x 10" but are usually kept in a community
tank to perform their algae-clearing duties.
Others may need much more space - it's all
part of the recommended pre-ownership research.
Temperature : Generally will tolerate a wide temperature range from 650F to
Habitat : Many of these catfish, can only be kept in tanks with a rockwork
décor whilst again, others are fine in a planted community tank.
Water Parameters : Although many of these catfish are found in soft water,
they readily adapt to hard water.
Health : Not particularly prone to health problems.
Diet : Some are algae eaters, others will happily dine on frozen foods or, as
in the case of some of the larger catfish, frozen fish.
Large catfish with large appetites equate to large amounts of waste:
an efficient filtration should be used. This even applies to exhibiting
large fish, where built-in filtration in Show tanks is on the increase.
Plants : Some of the larger catfish, will undoubtedly cause havoc in a planted
tank. Research necessary.
Availability : Some, like the Otocinclus, are readily available. Others such as
the Royal Panaque may be less so. There is generally a large
selection of catfish available. Do not buy 'on spec' unless you
know what you are buying.
Show Class : F.B.A.S. Show Class G or Ga
© FBAS 2002. PWC/RCM Fish Care Sheet No 14 1/3