OMNIVORE: Enjoys a variety of foods including fresh
or frozen bloodworm, brine shrimp, daphnia, chopped earthworm,
grindal worm and tubifex. Also, algae wafers and sinking catfish
Very friendly and peaceful.
Temperature of 72 to 79°F (22 to 26°C),
pH 6 to 8.0, 2-25° dH
Moderate. Success relies on two aspects: a very
soft substrate, such as sand or small, rounded gravel and providing
adequate cover in the forms of bogwood/driftwood, rock work, caves
and both tall and floating plants. A small powerhead or circulation
pump would help replicate a river's current. The substrate needs
to be kept very clean as this fish regularly buries it's snout
into the substrate seeking crumbs of food. Well-filtered water
with a moderate current helps the water take in more oxygen, helping
to replicate a riverine environment.
A peaceful and curious fish for peaceful non-aggressive,
non-competitive tanks. Tankmates could include: cyprinids, rasboras,
livebearers, small catfish such as otos and tetras. This species
also does very well as part of a species-only aquarium. Being
part of a shoal of 4 or more makes this feel secure and brings
out it's character. A one male to one female stocking is encouraged.
Good for all.
Named in honor of the Rio Icana where this species'
holotype was found.