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L051 (Hypostomus latifrons)

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Juveniles have a pattern of dark, irregular patches against a reddish-brown background. As the fish mature, the patches become relatively small compared with the body size of the fish, resulting in a highly attractive reticulated pattern. An unusual suckermouth catfish coming from the relatively cool water waters of Paraguay. As such, it appreciates slightly lower temperatures than many other loricariids, and would be best combined with subtropical fishes such as certain danios and barbs.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

An omnivore that will eat significant amounts of algae, making it a useful addition to the aquarium. Besides algae, sliced vegetables such as courgette and carrot are enjoyed, as are blanched lettuce leaves and spinach. Catfish pellets, algae wafers, bloodworms, and small amounts of prawn, fish, or mussel. As with other members of the genus, this is a peaceful but territorial this catfish will coexist well with midwater fish such as tetras but will squabble with other plecs and territorial catfish or cichlids. Not yet bred in aquaria.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution Paraguay
Temperature 21-24C
Size 25-30 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but not too warm
Water PH 6.5-7.5

Useful sources of information:

DATZ are the original source of L number information.
Other information on L numbers can be found from the book All L Numbers published by Aqualog.
On the web, a comprehensive source of information on L Numbers and catfish can be found at and also