Auchenoglanis sp (biscutatis?)
Description:See picture, please note the rainbowfish at the top of the picture to get an idea of the size of the fish!
Care: Not suitable for home-aquaria. The fish grow well over 50 cm, and constantly dig through the gravel searching for food. Smaller fish are eaten if they can catch them. Sharp gravel damages the barbs. Requires extremely large well filtered tanks. Ph around neutral, hardness up to 25 dGh, temepred light(floating plants). When handling the fish take precautions not to get stung by the spines, since it will generate painfull and slow healing wounds(poisonous?).
Feeding:Small food(relatively), flake food and pellets.
Additional:Juveniles look quite attractiv, but they shouldn't be bought, unless you know where to donate the fish if they reach 30 cm. The fish will not adapt to the tanksize!!!!!!!
Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.Hoedeman, J. J.(1968): Aquariumvissen encyclopedie 1. Elsevier Nederland B. V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Frey, H.(Unk): Het grote aquariumboek. Edition III, revised by A. van den Nieuwenhuizen. Neumann Verlag, Radebeul, Germany.
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