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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. 

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Features of Whiptail Catfish:

  • Very thin, twig-like appearance
  • The nose of this fish is long and skinny
  • Grey-brown color and a classy pattern of various light and dark shades
  • Grows up to 21cm


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. 

Some suitable aquariums to consider:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

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



Whiptail Catfish will accept high-quality vegetable flakes, sinking algae wafers and pellets. They also appreciate to have some live and frozen food such as live blackwormsfrozen bloodworms as snacks. 

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Whiptail Catfish - Royal Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Most whiptail catfish require highly oxygenated water and prefer a strong current. A good filtration system is necessary for fish to thrive.

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Aquarium Pump

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.

Aquarium Heater

Whiptail Catfish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 26° C. Aquarium heaters not only heat the water to the desired temperature, but they stabilize the temperature and ensure consistency. A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquarium Plants

The Whiptail Catfish will do great with low-lying plants like the Cryptocoryne and banana lilies. 

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Aquarium Decorations 

These fish spend time resting and nibbling on wood. The Whiptail Catfish also needs lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Add ornaments such as driftwood, rock, caves, tubes, and pipes. 

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Aquarium Lighting

Catfish do prefer a dim environment. You can create a shaded environment by providing moderate lighting and using aquarium plants for shade. 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.

Aquarium Substrate

Aquarium sand or fine smoot gravel is a good substrate for Whiptail Catfish as this protects their abdomen.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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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.

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