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Common Whiptail Catfish Hemiloricaria parva Rineloricaria parva

Category: Catfish - Loricariidae

Size: 10-12cm

Price: £16.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 6 in stock



These are from the Rio Paraguay.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 10-12cm

Rineloricaria parva (Common Whiptail Catfish, Hemiloricaria parva)

A long, slender loricariid catfish with a distinctive lizard-like appearance. Basic colour is sandy brown with dark transverse bands across the dorsal surface. The caudal fin has long filaments at both tips.

For a long time known as Rineloricaria parva, the currently accepted name for this species is Hemiloricaria parva. In fact, distinguishing any of the Hemiloricaria species from one another is very difficult, and it is quite possible that fish traded under this name may turn out to be another species entirely.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Peaceful, gregarious and easy to keep. Do not mix with more aggressive catfish (such as plecs) or benthic cichlids. Because these catfish prefer slightly cooler than normal conditions, ideal tankmates include subtropical tetras (such as red and black phantom tetras) and subtropical Corydoras (such as bronze, peppered and bearded Corydoras). Asian fish from cool water environments, such as minnows and danios, will also work well. Whiptails can tolerate warmer water conditions, but make sure the oxygen concentration is adequate and do not let the temperature exceed 26 degrees C.

Diet includes a mix of algae plus small benthic invertebrates, particularly wormy foods like bloodworms and tubifex. Softened vegetables, such as sliced cucumber, are also taken, Algae pellets and wafers should also be used.

Has been bred in aquaria. Eggs are laid in substitute burrows (such as PVC tubes) where the male guards them. Once the fry are free swimming (about 5 days post-spawning) the father abandons them. The fry accept algae and softened vegetables immediately, and are comparatively easy to rear.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: Brazil
Temperature Subtropical: 21-24 C
Size Around 10 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5