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The Whiptail Catfish, also known as the Loricariidae, is a unique and interesting freshwater fish that is native to South America. With its elongated and slender body, it is easy to see how this catfish got its name. These fish are also known for their ability to keep aquariums clean, as they are excellent algae eaters.


To keep your Whiptail Catfish healthy and happy, it's important to provide them with a tank that is at least 20 gallons in size. These fish are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful species. They are herbivores and should be provided with a varied diet that includes algae wafers, fresh vegetables, and sinking pellets.


The Whiptail Catfish has an elongated and slender body that grows up to 7 inches in length. Its body is covered in armor-like plates, and it has a distinctive "whiptail" that extends from its body. It is typically brown or gray in color, with darker stripes running down its body.


The Whiptail Catfish is peaceful and non-aggressive, making it a great addition to a community tank. They can be kept with other peaceful fish, but should be avoided in tanks with aggressive or fin-nipping species.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • gH: 2-10
  • kH: 1-6
  • TDS: 100-300
  • Temperature: 72-79°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Whiptail Catfish

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