SOUTH AMERICA: Yuruari River in Venezuela, Corantijn
and Rupununi River basins: Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.
Min Tank Size:
15 gallons (60 liters) or larger.
Min Shoal Size:
Best in groups of six or more.
OMNIVORE: C. bondi thrives when fed a varied diet
of live or frozen bloodworm, daphnia, grindal worm, tubifex and
white worm complimented with algae tablets and tablets, granules
and flakes designed for catfish and bottom feeders.
Very peaceful, lively and outgoing.
Temperature of 72 to 79°F (22 to 26°C),
pH 6 to 8.0, 2-25° dH
Moderate. This diminutive fish does best with a
soft, sandy substrate planted with taller plants (with floating
plants to dapple the light.) Hiding places in plants or created
with driftwood or rock work increase feelings of security. Water
and substrate should be fastidiously clean and water should be
high in dissolved oxygen to help replicate a riverine environment.
Ideal for peaceful communities. Excellent tankmates
include: anabantoids, cardinal tetras, small characins, cyprinids,
dwarf cichlids, danios, guppies, mollies, platys, swords, otos
and other small catfish. C. bondi does best as part of a shoal
of at least 6, kept in a ratio of 1 male to 1 female.
Some experience required.
C. bondi has an estimated lifespan of 3 – 5 years.