Ornate Shadow Catfish (Hyalobagrus flavus)
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This small, schooling catfish is completely peaceful and is a very unique and entertaining fish for the nano, planted, and community aquarium!
The Ornate Shadow Catfish (Hyalobagrus flavus) is an attractive nano catfish that maintains a very small size and peaceful disposition. Much of its body is transparent and adorned with a horizontal black stripe and various black spots. This fish lives in tight schools and inhabits several rivers in Indonesia.
The Ornate Shadow Catfish, like most catfish, is a predator, but it has a relatively small mouth and only grows to a size of 1.8 inches (4.6 cm). It might prey on smaller dwarf shrimp, but is otherwise compatible with virtually any other peaceful aquarium fish and invertebrates. This fish is very timid and must be kept in schools of 6 or more. It is not a picky eater and will accept most high quality flake and pellet foods, but will must be fed a varied diet of small frozen and live foods as well.
A well-established, heavily planted aquarium is the ideal setting for the Ornate Shadow Catfish. It prefers soft water since it is indigenous to blackwater habitats that are very rich in leaf litter. It will always be more active and outgoing when plenty of cover is present. It is sensitive to sudden changes in water parameters so regular maintenance is a must. Once established, it is usually a resilient fish. Successful spawning in the aquarium has not yet been widely achieved or reported.
- Highly unusual, mostly clear body with black markings
- Peaceful disposition
- Elegant schooling patterns
- Perfect for nano aquariums
- Temperature: 70° - 79° F (21° - 26° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 7.0
- KH: 5 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: Carnivorous. High-quality flake foods, sinking pellets, freeze-dried, frozen, or live meaty foods will be readily accepted. Variety is key.
- Social behavior: Peaceful with any animals too large to be swallowed. Must be kept in schools of six or more.
- Origin: Indonesia
- Average adult size: 1.8 inches (4.6 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 1.8 inches (2.5 - 4.6 cm)