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Erethistes jerdoni (Moth Catfish, Hara jerdoni)

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Small, mottled brown catfish with large moth-like fins, especially when viewed from above. The pectoral fins in particular are large and equipped with relatively huge pectoral fin spines. Two thick, antennae-like barbels from the corners of the mouth further enhance its moth-like appearance. The taxonomy of this group is in a state of flux, with some of the species formerly included in the genus Hara now being moved into Erethistes.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A completely peaceful, carnivorous catfish suitable for the community tank. In the aquarium it requires lots of vegetation or leaf litter for hiding in. Also likes to dig into sand. Feeds on small invertebrates, ideally things like live bloodworms though frozen substitutes are readily accepted. Sociable, though rarely bred in aquaria. Sensitive to poor water quality and low oxygen concentration. Shy and almost entirely nocturnal.

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution South Asia: India and Bangladesh
Temperature 18-24 C
Size Less than 4 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5