Name: Ancistrus sp
Max Size: 12-15cm
Origin: South America
Minimum Tank Size: 40 L
Catfish help keep the tank clean by eating algae and, as they are bottom feeders, will also eat any food particles that have remained un-eaten by the other fish in the tank. They originate from all around the world, with many of the more popular species coming from South America. Catfish are generally tolerant of a wide variety of water quality conditions and are easy to feed with Hikari Algae and Sinking Wafers, Sera Catfish Chips but also benefit from feeding with live and frozen foods.
Smaller species such as Sucking Catfish, Corydoras and Bristlenose are ideal in community tanks. However many larger species may be predatory, particularly at night and may not be suited to community tanks with small types of fish. Many of the smaller species such as Corydoras, are schooling by nature and are best kept in groups of 4 or more. The majority of catfish will tolerate a pH of between 6.5 and 7.5 if slowly adjusted into these conditions.