Pinocchio Whiptail

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Pinocchio Whiptail Care Guide

Description: The Pinocchio Whiptail, scientifically known as Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus, is a unique and fascinating species prized for its distinctive appearance and peaceful demeanor. With its elongated body and slender profile, reminiscent of a whiptail, this catfish adds intrigue and charm to any aquarium.

Behavior: Pinocchio Whiptails are nocturnal and secretive fish, often hiding during the day and becoming more active at night. They are peaceful and prefer to explore the bottom of the aquarium, sifting through substrate in search of food.

Tank Requirements: Provide a well-decorated aquarium with smooth substrate such as sand or fine gravel to prevent injury to the Pinocchio Whiptail's delicate barbels. Offer plenty of hiding spots with caves, rocks, and driftwood, as well as open swimming areas. A tank size of at least 30 gallons is recommended for a single Pinocchio Whiptail.

Water Parameters: Maintain stable and slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with temperatures ranging from 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C) and a pH level between 6.5 to 7.5. Ensure good water quality through regular water changes and efficient filtration.

Diet: Pinocchio Whiptails are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods, including sinking pellets, algae wafers, blanched vegetables, and occasional meaty foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp. Offer them a balanced diet to ensure they receive essential nutrients for growth and health.

Compatibility: Pinocchio Whiptails are generally peaceful and can coexist with a wide range of tank mates, including other small to medium-sized peaceful fish species that share similar water parameters. They are ideal companions for community aquariums and can help clean up leftover food and debris from the substrate.

Max Size: 5.5 inches