Dianema urostriatum

Common Names: Flagtail Catfish
Flagtail Porthole Cat
Stripedtail Catfish
Synonyms: Decapogon urostriatum
Family: Callichthyidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Manuas, Brazil, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Very peaceful fish; will get along fine with other catfish, including Corydoras and Brochis and Holplos. Ideal for the medium-larger aquariums. Keep at least 2-3 in a group.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore - Large specimens may consume small fish such as fry and very young neon tetras.
Care: Omnivorous; will accept flakes, frozen or live foods. A tank of 30 gallons or more is necessary, with open much swimming space but also densely planted areas for the Cat to hide should it become alarmed. Swims mainly in midwater, but will feed from the bottom substrate. This fish likes to grub into the substrate while foraging, so small gravel or sand is the best substrate.
6 - 8
25°C - 28°C
77°F - 82°F
2 dH - 30 dH
Potential Size: Male: 12.5cm (4.9")
Female: 12.5cm (4.9")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Females are broader than males just behind the pectoral fins.
Breeding: Rarely accomplished, but possible. Must feed live foods and go through wet/dry season cycle. Eggs attached to floating cover, similar to Corydoras.
Comments: Although not considered to be very rare, but they are still a little hard to find in aquarium stores. Really good for bigger tanks.
Main Colours: Brown, Black, White
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Concave
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