This is a boldly spotted species with a black blotch in the anterior half of the dorsal fin and another over and above the eye. The space between these black areas (known as the “saddle”) is light in color, but variably so, ranging from golden to pinkish hues.
Other common name
- False Blochi Catfish
- Mainly Inirida River system (Colombia).
- Up to 3in (7.5cm) reported, but usually smaller.
- Peaceful shoaler that looks impressive in a group.
- Wide range of foods accepted, particularly bottom-dwelling livefoods and sinking commercial formulations.
- Well planted, with open swimming areas, and fine-grained substratum. Water chemistry not critical, but excessively acid conditions must be avoided Temperature range: 70-79°F (21-26°C), but exposure to lower temperatures should not be prolonged.
- Female swallows the male’s sperm and releases them from her gut onto her cupped pelvic fins, into which she has already released a few eggs. She deposits these adhesive eggs on a surface, where they will hatch 5-6 days later, depending on temperature