Loricaria Rio Atabapo (Loricaria Rio Atabapo) or the subtleties of translation.
Recently, new interesting representatives of the chain-link catfish family have appeared in our collection of aquarium fish (Loricariida).
Their scientific name is Loricaria Rio Atabapo (Loricaria Rio Atabapo), but more interesting is their English name from everyday life. “Crying Whiptail”, Which literally translates as“ Crying Whiptail ”. And if you carefully look at the photos or video (below), then you understand that it is simply impossible to describe this catfish better. “Crying,” due to dark streaks running from the eyes to the nose, and resembling tears. And its caudal fin ends with a process in the form of a very long thread, and looks like a whip or whip at 100%.
Loricaria Rio Atabapo (Crying Whiptail). General information.
Loricaria Rio Atabapo (Loricaria Rio Atabapo), like many other wonderful fish in our aquariums, comes from South America. Mostly from the rivers Colombia и Venezuela. Therefore, any special conditions of detention Loricaria Rio Atabapo does not require. It lives in rivers ranging in width from 5 to 30 meters, with an abundance of stones at the bottom and open sandbanks. In some sections of the rivers, underwater plants are completely absent.
Loricaria Rio Atabapo. Appearance and conditions of keeping.
In appearance, Atabapo resembles his other relatives. It has a large head, an elongated body that tapers strongly towards the caudal fin. The pectoral and dorsal fin are very large, and the dorsal fin is very similar to the sail of a yacht, and at the same time it is almost always in an extended state. Very nice!
Fish grows to 18 centimeters in length. The temperature of the water in the aquarium is required within 23-28 ° C (73.4-82.4 ° F), pH level (water acidity) 6.4-7.6. It is advisable to use fine sand as a substrate, as well as add stones and driftwood to the aquarium. You can plant a couple of plants, but for the fish themselves, this is not very necessary. By their nature, loricaria are very peaceful fish, and do not touch anyone at all. In our aquarium, baby shrimps sit quietly on their heads. Therefore, you should also choose non-aggressive neighbors for them.
Loricaria Atabapo. Feeding.
Looking at their appearance (the structure of the body and mouth) at once it seems that they eat mainly vegetable food and algae as well. I also thought so when I ordered these fish, so I added a package of tablets for herbivorous bottom fish to the order. But when I began to study information about them on the Internet, I learned that they eat animal food, and they are indifferent to algae and vegetable food. But they cannot be called picky either. Tablets are suitable for catfish, dry flakes and granules, as well as live and frozen food: bloodworm, corethra, tubifex, cyclop, daphnia and so on.
Sex differences and breeding in aquariums.
It is quite easy to distinguish males from females in adults. Males have larger “tentacles” or whiskers at the bottom of the head. Also, following from the records on the Internet, there are no particular difficulties with breeding these loricaria in an aquarium. The female lays up to 60 eggs, which are then guarded and held in place by the male. The larvae appear after about 16 days. There are usually no problems with feeding fry. Almost immediately, they are able to feed on catfish pills and Artemia nauplii. So the breeding process for me is just a matter of time. And at the moment we are implementing a small project to create the most comfortable biotope aquarium for them. With snags, "black water" and other attributes of the reservoirs of South America. And now the first necessary element has already been bought - a natural mangrove snag. All stages of creation will be described in the blog! Follow!
Loricaria Atabapo. Our video.
Pay attention to the gorgeous tail fin at these catfish!
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