Lophiobagrus Cyclurus Catfish

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Lophiobagrus Catfish

Common name: African bullhead

Scientific name: Lophiobagrus cyclurus

Distribution: Lake Tanganyika

Habitat: Caves and crevices among the jumbled, rocky shores

Temperature: 76 – 80°F

pH: 7.5 – 9.0

 

Adult size: 3 inches

Diet: Unfussy feeder that accepts most dried fare supplemented by live or frozen foods.

Conspecifics: Does well on its own or in a group as long as sufficient hiding spots are provided.

Tankmates: Peaceful and suitable with most unaggressive tankmates. Small fish may be eaten.

Notes: Lophiobagrus cyclurus is the smallest member of its genus, all of which are found in Lake Tanganyika. Claims that it secretes a toxic mucus when stressed are all based on a single statement in Pierre Brichard’s Fishes of Lake Tanganyika (1978), and there is little evidence that this poses a real danger to tankmates.

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