The Striped Coral Catfish are an impressive schooling predatory species. They carry highly venomous spines, care must be taken when handling. Although hardy, for this reason we suggest this species is best for the intermediate aquarist. In the wild they congregate in tight balls of 100 or more individuals. They must be kept in groups.
Native and wide spread in the Indo Pacific.
Also known as Coral catfish, eel catfish, striped eel catfish, eel-tailed catfish.
The Striped Coral Catfish is best kept in a small group of it's own species. It is not reef compatible and will eat smaller fish and crustaceans. In large aquariums, they will co-inhabit aquariums with large species too big to eat.
Striped Coral Catfish are a predatory bottom feeding fish and will readily accept most foods. Feed a varied diet including high protein live foods, chopped up seafood, marine flakes and sinking pellets. They are heavy feeders.
Striped Coral Catfish require a minimum tank size of approximately 450L. These fish need to live in groups so accommodate based on number of fish in the community.
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Striped Coral Catfish prefer water temperatures between 22°C - 27°C.
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Replicate natural conditions with artificial lighting (8-10 hours of light every 24 hours.)
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Striped Coral Catfish require good filtration and water quality. They are heavy feeders and waste producers therefore a good quality aquarium filter is required. They enjoy a good water current and flow.
This species prefers a substrate mix of fine to medium grade aragonite or coral sand. They are bottom feeders and can be found searching for food on the aquarium floor.
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Live rock is a great addition as these fish like to rest in caves or crevices.
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