The Bumble Bee Catfish is a unique looking catfish that is hardy and easy to keep. Also known as the South American bumblebee catfish. It is primarily found in Columbia and Venezuela. They are found in fast flowing streams with rocky beds. The Bumble Bee Catfish gets it's name from it's yellow and black striped appearance, much like a bumble bee, and is ever growing in popularity.
We recommended a minimum aquarium size is 75 litres for Bumble Bee Catfish. If you wish to keep this species in a small group, they will require an additional 30 litres per extra fish.
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Bumble Bee Catfish are a peaceful bottom dwelling species that spends most of it's time sheltering and hiding in rock crevices. They will get on with most other peaceful tropical aquarium species.
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Bumble Bee Catfish are omnivores and will readily accept most foods. They search for food in the aquarium substrate. Bumble Bee Catfish will feed on sinking pellets, plant matter, live, frozen and freeze dried foods such as blood worms and brine shrimp. For an optimal diet, ensure it is varied.
The Bumble Bee Catfish is naturally found in fast flowing waters and is a species that requires high water flow and oxygenation, so ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate with surface water agitation for your aquarium size to effectively remove waste and oxygenate the water.
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This fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 25° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures. A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.
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To mimic their natural habitat, we recommend adding live aquatic plants to your aquarium. The Bumble Bee Catfish is known to snack on plant material, so this also provides plant matter for their diet. Mix a variety of firmer leaf plants for aesthetics and softer leaf plants to supplement the diet.
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Bumble Bee Catfish are naturally found in rocky bed river streams and spend much of their time in hiding. Rock and wood crevices are essential for this species. Caves can be created from terracotta pots, large ornaments, caves and piping. You'll find everything you need and more in our aquarium ornaments.
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Bumble Bee Catfish prefer a more dimly lit aquarium. While, plants need sufficient light to grow LED lighting is an excellent choice to provide adjustable lighting as desired. LED lighting is also more efficient and runs cooler than traditional aquarium lights.
The Bumble Bee Catfish will search the aquarium floor for food. Smooth gravels, pebbles and sands of all grades are good options.
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