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Very attractive when adult, with long flowing fins. Appreciates lots of green foods, do not keep with territorial fishes. It is a member of the Loricariidae family of South American suckermouth catfishes. Coburg Aquarium stocks many types of Live Freshwater Catfish and Aquarium Products, 100% safe delivered to your door in Australia.

Please Note: Livestock and Live Plants cannot be shipped to WA and TAS due to State Restrictions. All other states are OK.


Features of Whiptail Catfish:

  • Very thin, twig-like appearance
  • Grey-brown color and a classy pattern of various light and dark shades
  • Very hardy and easy to care


The Best Aquarium Size for Whiptail Catfish:

A pair could be kept in a tank as small as 50L. However, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. Nice tank brands you can consider:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

One of the most peaceful catfish around, these can be combined with many other species. Avoid the aggressive or nippy fish.

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Feeding :

Whiptail Catfish will accept high-quality vegetable flakes, sinking algae wafers and pellet. It will also appreciate to have some live and frozen fare such as live blackworms, frozen bloodworms as snacks. You can search Catfish food in our High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Most whiptail catfish require highly oxygenated water and prefer a hefty current. so a good filtration system is necessary for fish to thrive. Here are some great ones to consider:


Besides adding a powerhead for facilitating proper filtration in the tank, you can also add other pumps to make the water move more powerfully, producing sufficient current.


Heater is an option, Whiptail Catfish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 26° C. Thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

Plants for Whiptail Catfish

The Whiptail Catfish Rineloricaria will do great with low-lying plants like the Cryptocoryne and dwarf lilies. These fish spend a bunch of time resting and nibbling on wood. Bonsai wood collection should be a good choice for your tank.

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Decorations for Whiptail Catfish

They love driftwood. Also needs lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Add ornaments such as: Driftwood, Big Rocks, Caves, Tubes, and Pipes. After more nice quality decorations?  Check our Aquarium Ornaments.


Catfish do prefer the dim environment. Sufficient light is also important for the growth of your live plants. LED lighting is an excellent choice for both, as it lasts much longer and is cooler than traditional lighting.


Soft sand is a good substrate for catfish tank. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.