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LDA10 (Hypostomus mutucae)

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A small species with a grey body, fading underneath, and covered in fairly large brown patches that are smaller and more numerous on the head.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Territorial towards its own kind and other plecs of similar shape and size, but peaceful towards other community fish. Inhabits fast-flowing rivers with lots of current and oxygen, and requires the same thing in the aquarium. Accepts a mixed diet including algae but also catfish pellets, algae wafers, bloodworms, small pieces of prawn and mussel, and perhaps also bogwood as a source of dietary fibre. Not bred in captivity.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution Brazil, Mato Grosso and elsewhere
Temperature 24-28C
Size No more than 7 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH -

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