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Whiptail Loricarid - Rineloricaria parva

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The common Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria cryptodon) is a peaceful, hardy fish that is well suited to most community aquariums. It is a wedge-shaped fish with a wider anterior portion that steadily slopes inward to form a long slender tail. The body is light brown with varying degrees of irregular dark blotches and bands and is covered with hard scales. Male whiptail catfish can be distinguished from females by close inspection of the gills and pectoral fins. In adult males both areas have sharp serrated edges.

Whiptail catfish are relatively easy to breed in captivity. They spawn in rock crevices, caves, or pipes. Males care for the eggs until they hatch. Whiptail catfish do best on a diet of algae, sinking algae wafers, and rotting driftwood, as well as fresh vegetables once or twice a week. Some good plant matter that can be offered is leaf lettuce, cucumber, and zucchini.

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Common NameWhiptail Loricarid
Scientific NameRineloricaria parva
OriginSouth America
Max Size (in inches)4.5
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.5-7.5
DietOmnivore (mostly meat)
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Temperature Range78-82
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
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Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico

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