Honeycomb AKA Oil Catfish (Centromochlus/Tatia perugiae)
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The Honeycomb Catfish is an uncommon, smaller catfish species with beautiful markings and a very peaceful disposition!
The Honeycomb AKA Oil Catfish (Centromochlus/Tatia perugiae) is a small catfish species that is native to fast-flowing, warm waters in Peru and Ecuador. It is known for its "honeycomb" like spotting and small size. At a typical adult size of 2.4 inches (6 cm), it is an excellent fish for many planted, community, and nano aquariums.
The Honeycomb Catfish is somewhat reclusive and definitely requires ample hiding places in the form of driftwood, pipes, or other crevices. Multiple specimens will sometimes wedge into the same refuge. Providing ample hiding will help this fish feel more comfortable to be active. This fish is not particularly territorial or aggressive, but like most catfish, it will prey on anything small enough to fit in its mouth, such as dwarf shrimp, and fry. Many tetras will be large enough to house with this catfish as well. It will not bother plants. It is not particularly sensitive, but it does like somewhat cooler water than some other Amazon fish. Like many scale-less fish, it will deteriorate from poor water quality and maintenance. The Honeycomb Catfish is capable of jumping, so a lid or significantly lowered water line is necessary for its aquarium.
Feeding is very simple for the Honeycomb Catfish. In the wild, it mainly feeds on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. In the aquarium, it will accept most live, frozen, and dry meaty foods. It is a voracious eater, so care should be taken not to overfeed. Inserting food near the fish's hiding place is very effective, although it will typically learn to come out of hiding with enthusiasm when food is available.
- Honeycomb-like markings
- Completely peaceful with anything to large to be considered prey
- Excellent scavenger
- Will not bother plants
- Somewhat uncommon
- Temperature: 75° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0, softer water is preferred
- KH: 1 - 25 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 15 gallons
- Diet: Carnivorous. Will accept most dry, frozen, and live meaty foods
- Social behavior: Peaceful, nocturnal, somewhat gregarious
Origin: Peru & Ecuador
Average adult size: 2.4 inches (6 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)