The name ‘Leopard Cactus Catfish’ is already imprinted in the memory. Its striking appearance even more so. What makes the Leopard Cactus Catfish special in terms of its behaviour is explained in the following sections.
What distinguishes Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114?
Their coding L 114 allows conclusions about the species-typical colorations. The main occurrence of the cactus catfish is in the Amazon region.
The appearance of Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114:
The words ‘leopard’ and ‘cactus’ go back to the outer characteristics of the catfish: On their surface tips can be recognized, which remind of teeth or spines of cacti. Furthermore, the fish has a pied colour gradient on an olive-brown background, the fins have an ochre colour. Their average body height is seven to twelve centimetres.
- Green-brown ground colour with a pied pattern
- Spiky projections
- Yellowish colouring of fins
- Average size: seven to twelve centimetres
For the beginning a tank with side lengths of about one meter is sufficient for leopard cactus catfish. Later it is replaced by a larger one. The concentration of oxygen in the water must not be too low. Although the animals behave to a large extent socially, defensive behaviour can also be observed in older fish.
From this point on, keeping them in small aquaria should be avoided. In large tanks the catfish can be kept in (mixed) groups, as long as they can retreat in angles. If you want to take a catfish out of the aquarium, make sure you have a fine-meshed net. In the coarse-meshed ones they can get caught on their surface with the pointed projections. Light sources should be used sparingly, because the cactus catfish usually visit dark corners.
- Aquarium with one meter long side parts, for older animals a larger tank is needed
- High oxygen content in the water
- Peace-loving behaviour of catfish until adulthood, from then on partly aggressive
- Group housing with adult cactus catfish only in large tanks, small ones offer too few possibilities to escape
- Fine-meshed nets to prevent the tips from breaking off
- Do not illuminate the basin too brightly
Male leopard cactus catfish have a higher number of spines. Their heads become larger than is usual for female animals. In contrast, females can be easily distinguished from males by their rounder belly parts.
Water values for Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114:
Temperate water between 25 to 30 degrees together with a pH-value of 5.5 to 7.5 result in favourable living conditions under which the cactus catfish feel comfortable. Softened water(0 to 20 dGH) additionally optimizes their well-being.
Food and nutrition for Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114:
The Leopard Cactus Catfish are carnivorous. Fish fillets are a popular food, as well as granulated food and some vegetable-based dishes.
The ideal aquarium for Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114:
Large plants are superfluous with the cactus catfish. However, some planted areas should be created. In the gravel sand the animals can search for food particles. If sand is available, it replaces the gravel even better. Between artificially built stone bridges, tree roots or hiding places the catfish can retreat or hide in safety. The light irradiation should not be too intense into the tank: Leopard cactus catfish are mainly active at night.
Special features of Leopard Cactus Catfish L 114:
The preferred place of the Leopard Cactus Catfish is on the ground. There the fishes stay predominantly. This trait distinguishes them from other ornamental fish such as perch or characins.