What types of aquarium catfish?

In nature, there are about 2,000 species of catfish.Most of them are freshwater fish (only one percent live in sea water).Types aquarium KGS, which has about 800 may have a variety of sizes, as well as coloring and requirements for the content.A common distinctive feature is their lack of scales and bottom lifestyle.Many varieties are covered with horny plates and spikes.Another exterior feature that characterizes these fish include the presence of antennae and sometimes - special suction cups, with which they are held on the rocks with strong currents.Catfish can be both calm and get along well with other fish, and aggressive.

At the moment, most amateurs get divorced these types of aquarium catfish as pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, agamiksis belopyatnisty and catfish-shifter.Next, a detailed look at their habits.

pterygoplichthys gibbiceps

This catfish can be quite large (30 cm).Therefore, its contents will need to purchase enough volume tank - not less than 100 liters.This catfish eats mostly pla

nt foods, but sometimes should be given to him and Tubifex or moth.From time to time it may show some aggression towards members of their own species or other large fish, but not to those who reside in the middle and upper layers of the aquarium.


This is probably the most interesting aquarium fish.Soma, the types of which are floating belly up, called Changeling (or synodontis).At the bottom of this kind of move in the usual way.Live fish are up to 10 years and can grow up to 10 cm. This catfish can be put into the tank volume of 50 liters.

Agamiksis belopyatnisty

This catfish is perhaps the most all other species found in the aquarium hobbyists.Although these fish grow to only 10 cm, it is best to keep them in the container of not less than one hundred liters.To feed these fish, you can feed both vegetable and animal.

Features of the maintenance and reproduction

All kinds of aquarium catfish - cleaners in nature, as is collected from the bottom of uneaten food, half-eaten by other fish.If their content is absolutely necessary to use equipment such as filters and aerators.In search of food, these fish dig the soil, and therefore raise a huge amount of soil particles.As a result, the water becomes very muddy.The most suitable type for the aquarium catfish - a wide bottom and is well-rooted vegetation.Be sure to equip the various shelters - to bury the ceramic tube into the ground and make the caves of stones.

usually used as spawning capacity of approximately 30 liters.The aquarium should be put plexiglass or tuft of grass (which will be postponed caviar) and run female and three males.All kinds of aquarium catfish require when creating special breeding conditions.Best of all, if the water temperature is maintained at about 280 C. The successful outcome also need to sustain a neutral acidity (PH 6-7).The incubation period can last for about 1 - 10 days.However, the majority of the most common species of fish fry is usually displayed on the 3rd day after the female lays eggs.At the top on this page - catfish aquarium.Species whose photos you can see, are named as follows: pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, catfish, Changeling, agamiksis belopyatnisty (top to bottom).