Dysichthys coracoideus , Cope, 1878
Common names: Guitarrita
Origin: South America; Amazon river basin up to the La Plata region. Here the fish occur in ponds and forest creeks.
Synonyms: Bunocephalus coracoideus, Bunocephalus bicolor
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Siluriformes Family: Aspredinidae (Banjo catfishes) , subfamily: Bunocephalinae
First European import: 1907
Care: A spacious, well filtered tank with a dark sandy soil. These fish like to dig themselves in sometimes so sharp gravel should be avoided. Some dark areas and caves are appreciated. Dysichthys coracoideus is not a carefull swimmer, and is known for uprooting plants.
Temperature: 20-27 °C
Feeding: Omnivorous, small live, frozen and flake food.
Size: Up to 15 cm
Breeding: Freespawner, up to 5000 eggs can be laid by a single female. Eggs are deposited in the sand, the fry are extremely small and should be fed infusoria in the beginning.
Sexual dimorphism: Unknown
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References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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