Ornate pimelodus - Pimelodus ornatus
Scientific name: Pimelodus ornatus
Common name: Ornate pimelodus
Usual size in fish tanks: 22 - 32 cm (8.66 - 12.6 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 20°N (107.14 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°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: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Ornate pimelodus will definitely eat anything that is offered. It can consume so much food in one session that its belly will swell up and it will not eat again for a week. Quality flakes, catfish pellets and live or frozen foods are relished. When first adding a new specimen to the tank, a couple of meals of blood worms will help it settle quicker.
South America; Ornate pimelodus are to be found in the Rio Negro, Brazil.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
There are no reported cases of Ornate pimelodus breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Pimelodus ornatus is 5-8 years.
Pimelodus ornatus are classed as a peaceful species but they will try to eat small tank mates. They require lots of cover in the tank and the addition of floating plants will put them at ease.
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