|| L oricariidae
|| Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus
||Knob Nose Whiptail Catfish, Knobnose Whiptail Catfish, Pinocchio Whiptail Catfish
|| Adult Male: 5.28 inches (13.4 cm)
||SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana and Peru: in the Amazon, Essequibo, Oyapock and Paraguay River basins.
|Min Tank Size:
||individual: 18.49 gallons (70 liters) or larger
Shoal of 4: 39.63 gallons (150 liters) or larger
Each fish must have a minimum of 24 square inches of tank floor.
||Omnivore: Enjoys worms and micro-crustaceans in nature;
in aquaria, provide live and frozen blood worms, Cyclops, daphnia,
mysis shrimp, and tubifex worms. Supplement with sinking carnivore
tablets and algae tablets with a slice or cucumber or zucchini
for an occasional treat.
||Peaceful, very shy and retiring catfish lies still for long periods.
||Temperature of 75 to 82°F (24 to 28°C), pH range:
6.0 – 7.0; dH range: 2.0 - 12.0
||Moderate to advanced. Sand substrate is essential as this catfish partially buries itself as a form of camouflage. Immaculate, highly-oxygenated water with a moderate amount of current is essential.
|| Peaceful tankmates include small characins, dwarf cichlids, and smaller Corydoras. This very gentle fish needs to be the only bottom-dweller in the aquarium as it can be easily out-competed for food. Does best in a one male to one female ratio.
||Some experience required.
||This is an unusual fish to find in aquaria for while they're not rare in nature, many losses occur in transport due to oxygen-starvation.