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Ornate Pimelodus Catfish
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Pimelodus ornatus

Ornate Pimelodus Catfish

Quick Stats:   Ornate Pimelodus Catfish

Family: Pimelodidae
Range: South America
Size: Up to 7½ inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 74-79°F; pH 6.8-7.2; dH 8-10
Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons
Light: Medium
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Ornate Pimelodus Catfish is a long, slender catfish that comes from the regions of South America. It will eat smaller fish in a community tank, so placement with larger fish is recommended. The head has semi-long antennas that help with feeding and also aid in maneuvering in the tank setting.

A heavily planted tank with roots, rocks, and driftwood will help mirror its natural setting. A small rocky to sandy substrate is recommended in a minimum of 50 gallons of water.

In the wild, these catfish breed by laying their eggs on rocks and plants, but this procedure has not been successful in aquariums.

While they are young, they will eat sinking pellets or other carnivore prepared foods. However, when they get older and larger, chopped meat should be supplemented to their diet.

Ideal tank mates include:

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