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Banded banjo - Platystacus cotylephorus

Banded banjo - Platystacus cotylephorus

Scientific name: Platystacus cotylephorus

Common name: Banded banjo

Family: Aspredinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 25 - 32 cm (9.84 - 12.6 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 8.2

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 24°N (214.29 - 428.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Banded banjo’s will accept flakes or pellets but their main dietary needs are covered by giving them live or frozen foods. Daphnia, blood worms, Mysis and shrimp pellets are readily accepted.


South and Central America; Banded banjo’s are to be found in many of the fresh water and brackish waterways.


Females will have a shorter dorsal fin than the males. Their colouration will be identical.


Banded Banjo fish have an unusual method of incubation where the female will carry the eggs under her abdomen. There are a few cases of successfully raising fry but it is very difficult. When the eggs have hatched, it will take another 2-3 days before the fry are free swimming. They will accept newly hatched brine shrimp or grindal worms for their first food.


The expected life span of Platystacus cotylephorus is 8-12 years.

Short description

A sandy substrate should be used in the tank as these fish prefer to bury themselves rather than seek hiding places. Platystacus cotylephorus are a peaceful species, but if keeping more than on specimen, allow for a larger tank to give them large enough territories.


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