Spiny monster - Pseudolithoxus anthrax
Scientific name: Pseudolithoxus anthrax
Common name: Spiny monster
Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 19°N (107.14 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°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
Spiny monsters require lots of vegetable matter in their diet. Use a vegetable based flake for the staple diet and add algae wafers to the tank on a regular basis. They will also require meaty foods so give them treats of live or frozen foods twice a week.
South America; Spiny monsters are found in the tributaries of the River Orinoco.
Mature males will have longer bristles on their cheeks.
As of yet there are no reported cases of Spiny monsters breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Pseudolithoxus anthrax is 8+ years.
Acclimatise these fish very slowly to your tank when you first add them as they are very sensitive to sudden changes in water parameters. Pseudolithoxus anthrax will become territorial as they mature so only keep one specimen unless the tank is large enough for more. Add rocks to create caves, they seem to prefer these to wood and use a medium water flow. Also known as Flyer catfish.
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