Porthole Catfish

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Porthole Catfish Care Guide

Description: The Porthole Catfish, scientifically known as Dianema longibarbis, is a fascinating and distinctive species prized for its unique appearance and peaceful demeanor. With its elongated body and distinct porthole-like markings, this catfish adds both charm and intrigue to any aquarium.

Behavior: Porthole Catfish are peaceful and sociable fish, often found in small groups or pairs swimming near the bottom of the aquarium. They are active during the day and enjoy exploring their environment, making them delightful additions to community setups.

Tank Requirements: Provide a well-decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and territories for the Porthole Catfish to explore and establish its territory. Offer caves, rocks, and driftwood as potential hiding spots. A tank size of at least 30 gallons is suitable for a small group of these catfish.

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: Porthole Catfish are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods, including high-quality pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and chopped vegetables. Offer them a varied diet to ensure they receive essential nutrients for growth and health.

Compatibility: Porthole Catfish are generally peaceful and can coexist with a wide range of tank mates, including other small, peaceful fish species that share similar water parameters. They are ideal companions for community aquariums and can help keep the substrate clean by foraging for food.

Max Size: 3.2 Inches