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Ageneiosus vittatus (Driftwood Catfish)

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A medium-sized predatory catfish attractively marked with pale bands along its grey-brown body. The head is large and distinctly flattened.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A peaceful, gregarious driftwood catfish that needs an aquarium with lots of swimming space as well as suitable hiding places. Not especially shy, but like most driftwood catfish it doesn't like bright light and prefers to forage during the hours of darkness.

Gets along well with its own kind as well as non-aggressive community fish of appropriate size. Predatory, and will swallow substantially smaller fish. In captivity has proven to be very adaptable in terms of diet; earthworms and river shrimps are favoured, but chunky frozen foods as well as catfish pellets are accepted.

No reports of breeding in captivity, but like other driftwoods, fertilisation of the eggs is probably internal. Males have modified anal fins similar to those seen on goodeid livebearers.

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution South America: Orinoco and Amazon Rivers
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 22 cm
Water Parameters Soft, slightly acidic water preferred
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes