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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.

Etymology: Unknown

Synonyms: Bunocephalus coracoideus, Bunocephalus bicolor

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Siluriformes Family: Aspredinidae (Banjo catfishes) , subfamily: Bunocephalinae

First European import: 1907

Description:

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

pH: 6.0-7.5

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

Prices: Unknown

Additional:

Picture references: If you have a picture of this fish please submit it.

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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