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Panaque nigrolineatus, Peters, 1877

Origin: Southern Colombia

Etymology: Nigrolineatus means black lined, with black lines.

Synonyms: Chaetostomus nigrolineatus, Cochliodon nigrolineatus.

First European import: Unknown, probably Germany, 1974, by Heiko Bleher.

Description: See picture

Care: Difficult! Panaque nigrolineatus requires larger tanks, with lots of light(algae) and a strong current(oxygen). Lots of flat/smooth stones, some driftwood, and some holes are necessary for the fish' well-being. The main problem keeping them alive is to provide enough food. The fish are also active during the day, and don't eat plants. Sensitive to pollution, frequent small waterchanges are necessary.

Temperature: 22-26 degrees.

Feeding: Lot's of algae, spirulina, flake food(vegetable) and vegetables.

Size: Up to 25 cm, sometimes larger.

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding: Unknown.

Sexual dimorphism: Unknown.

Prices: Netherlands: 30-50€

Additional: A fish for specialists.

Picture references: Picture 1 : E. Naus

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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