Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Whiptail Catfish
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Whiptail Catfish
(Rineloricaria sp.)
Whiptail Catfish
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 73-79° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size 6"
Origin South America
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Whiptail has a slender body with a camouflage color pattern that covers the entire fish. Because this species comes from the tropic waters of South America, a neutral pH is recommended.

This catfish should be housed in at least a 30-gallon aquarium, with high filtration and plenty of aeration. A planted tank with rocks and driftwood will provide plenty of hiding spaces to prevent the fish from becoming stressed.

Whiptail catfish breed by laying their eggs on plants or rocks, and breeding in the aquarium setting is not usual.

A planted tank with high vegetation and some algae will sustain the Whiptail Catfish. However, if algae are not present, supplement with a vegetable based flake food, or algae wafer to provide the fish with a balanced diet.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 5"

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Customer Testimonials

Jim E Cleveland , OH
I have a loricia cat in my 30 gallon tank and it is great!if you are going to get a sucker cat this is the one to get!
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