This particularly colourful catfish species originates from Brazil, probably from the Rio Iriri, but more likely from the lower Rio Xingu. For keeping and caring for these ornamental fish you should already have some aquaristic experience.
What distinguishes Jewelry Line L236 Loricariid Catfish?
Loricariid catfish are peaceful by nature, therefore they are easy to socialize with other fish. Shrimps, snails, smaller peaceful fish (e.g. characins) and other catfish are well suited as roommates in the aquarium. A socialization with aggressive ornamental fish species, however, is not advisable. The keeping of ornamental line L236 Loricariid catfish is possible as a pair or as a group. For a single pair a tank size from 100 cm length is sufficient, for group keeping (e.g. 4-6 specimens) larger tanks should be used.
The appearance of jewelry line loricariid catfish L236
The fish have a distinctive well defined black and white pattern and black banded fins. L-catfish grow to a maximum length of about 12 cm.
It is difficult to make a reliable distinction. But the male has a broad head and a slim waist. Females have a narrower head and a much wider waist. In some animals the genital opening (genital papilla) is also clearly visible: Males have a slightly pointed genital papilla, females a tubular genital papilla.
Water values for Jewelry line L236
Not only the size of the tank is decisive for keeping the fish as species-appropriate as possible, but also the following water values must be observed to ensure that the fish feel comfortable:
- pH value: 5.0 to 7.0
- Total hardness: 0° to 20° dGH
- Water temperature: 26° to 30° C
Food and nutrition for jewelry line loricariid catfish L236
The catfish are omnivorous omnivores. However, the young fish among the loricariid catfish prefer a vegetable diet. Cucumbers, peppers and potatoes are particularly suitable. As ground-oriented fish, sinking food should be chosen for their diet. In addition to the usual catfish sticks, some scalded vegetables and live food such as glittering worms and red mosquito larvae can be given regularly. Frozen food such as Artemia and water fleas should also be taken.
The ideal aquarium for jewelry line loricariid catfish L236
The tanks should hold at least 160 L and should not be too bright, as the fish like a little shade. The furnishing with many stones and roots, contributes to the well-being of the fish. Very recommendable are also catfish caves open on one side. The bottom ground should consist of sand. For planting you can fall back on hard foliage plants like Anubias or Javafarn. Plants with soft leaves such as Echinodorus and many stem plants, on the other hand, are eagerly eaten. The herbivores are mostly found among the young fish. Adult jewelry line L236 catfish rarely attack aquarium plants.
The jewellery line loricariid L236 lives in clear water in the wild. Adequate water hygiene is therefore an advantage. A good filtering, good ventilation and a regular partial water change is the thanks of the Jewelry Line L236 Loricariid to its keeper with good prosperity. In the following the most important keeping conditions in short form:
- Community tank
- Keeping in small groups
- Single keeping (in pairs) possible
- Many cave hiding places
- Planting with hard leafed plants
- good water quality (no nitrite, little nitrate)
- High oxygen content
- Varied diet (live and frozen food)