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Payne's Dwarf Catfish Mochokiella paynei

Category: Catfish - Mochokidae

Size: 4-5cm

Price: £12.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 10 in stock



Cracking little community catfish - becoming scarce.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 4-5cm

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.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution West Africa: Sierra Leone
Temperature 24-26C
Size Supposedly up to 8 cm, but usually much smaller
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5