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Payne's Dwarf Catfish Mochokiella paynei
Category: Catfish - Mochokidae
Price: £12.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 10 in stock
Cracking little community catfish - becoming scarce.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Mochokiella paynei (Payne's Dwarf Catfish)
A small, mottled catfish very similar to Synodontis in basic shape, but with longer, branched whiskers instead of the plain whiskers typical of Synodontis. Dark, saddle-like markings cross the dorsal surface. The underside is paler than the rest of the body. No obvious sex differences, though females are probably more robust than males when in spawning condition.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
An excellent small catfish for the community tank. Feeds on insect larvae and general organic detritus. In the aquarium it readily takes catfish pellets, bloodworms, algae wafers, etc. Quite sociable, so best kept in groups of three or more. Might eat livebearer fry but otherwise harmless and a good community fish. Needs excellent water quality to stay in good health, and is distinctly intolerant of excessively high temperatures and low oxygen concentrations. Not yet bred in captivity.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||West Africa: Sierra Leone|
|Size||Supposedly up to 8 cm, but usually much smaller|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|