Entomocorus radiosus

This South American species belongs to the family of driftwood catfish. Driftwood catfish are not particularly familiar fish, but they are surprisingly widely traded.

This species originates from the Pantanal region within Brazil. It is one fo the the smallest known member belonging to it's genus and grows to approximately 5.3cm. There are a total of four Entomocorus and they can be differentiated by the melanin patterns seen on their tail fins.

Visually, the base coloration of their head and body is white and their mid-dorsal line featuring a wide black stripe across most of it's body. Laterally and dorsally, it's body is scattered with dark pigmentation- the intensity varying on an individual basis.

Entomocorus radiosus can be told apart from others within the same genus because it's anal fin base is significantly longer, it has a high abundance of anal fin rays combined with un-pigmented pectoral and pelvic fins. Entomocorus radiosus has a thicker black edge to the posterior margin of the caudal fin.

Driftwood catfish are generally peaceful, hardy, and easy to keep. Many of them are small enough to work well in community species, and while they may favour soft and acidic water conditions, many do perfectly well in hard, alkaline conditions as well. The medium-sized species in particular can work exceedingly well in large fish communities alongside such species as South American cichlids, gouramis, and large barbs and tetras.

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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This catfish has a habit of generally being inactive during the day, they may be found lying on their side on the substrate or in plants. Therefore they are best to be fed at night (although they also may find food that has been left during the day.)

Entomocorus radiosus is not a fussy eater, they are considered to be zooplanktivores, but also like to consume insects and micro-crustaceans. Mosquito larvae, artemia, flakefood, tablet and pellet foods would be a sufficient diet to offer.

This species spawns in July and August during the period of maximal annual flooding.

Because of their deep psychological need for shade and hiding places, the ideal aquarium will include lots of robust plants, plenty of bogwood, and a few rocks or hollow ceramic ornaments to create suitable hiding places. The substrate type is unimportant but as with any bottom-dwelling fish sharp sand or gravel will need to be avoided. Water quality should be good, and an accent needs to be placed on water turnover rate, because all these catfish appreciate clean, well-oxygenated water.

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution Pantanal, Brazil
Temperature 22-26 C
Size 5.3CM
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Sociability Peaceful

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