Whiptails are long thin catfish
native to regions of South America. Places where it can be found include the
Amazon basis and Columbia. It has a widely forked tail and a pointed snout. For
this reason it is known to some as the long nosed whiptail.
The whiptail's sleek body shape is ideal for hugging the bottom of fast flowing
streams. Light and dark brown blotches make it well camouflaged against gravel
or dead leaves and debris. The whiptail catfish is like a fallen twig to look at
with it's slender profile. It is often mistaken for a variety of farlowella
catfish because they both look very similar.
Water for the whiptail should be oxygenated and and clean. Nitrates and ammonia
will not be well received so make water changes regularly.
This omnivorous catfish should
be fed with
spirulina fish food and frozen worms. They will also consume algae found
growing on the aquarium surfaces..
Family - Loricariidae
Size - Grows to 25
Fish Origin - South America
Neutral to slightly acid soft water.
Temperature - 22-26°C
- Algae based foods
Sexing - Male adults grow spines on the
sides of head
Breeding - Egg layer
Provide driftwood on the substrate
As a peaceful species this catfish can be kept in a community aquarium. Just be
aware that fish that tend to nip fins will snap at the more delicate fins of the
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