Hoplo (Hoplosternum thoracatum) 2.5 inch
Out of stock
Out of stock
The term “hoplo” is commonly used to refer to a fish called the , also known as the Hoplosternum catfish, Hoplo catfish, or Hoploplecostomus. Here’s some information about the Hoplosternum thoracatum:
- Appearance: Hoplosternum catfish have a distinct armored appearance. They have a flattened body with a broad, bony head. Their body is covered in bony plates or scutes, giving them a rough and armored look. They are usually brown or gray in color, with some variations in shade and pattern. They have a pair of long barbels around their mouth.
- Size: Hoplosternum catfish can grow to a size of around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length, although some individuals can grow larger with proper care.
- Behavior: Hoplosternum catfish are generally peaceful and somewhat territorial. They are primarily bottom-dwelling fish and spend much of their time exploring and foraging in the substrate. They are also known to dig in the substrate, so providing a sand or fine gravel substrate can be beneficial.
- Aquarium Requirements: Hoplosternum catfish require a suitable aquarium setup. They prefer a tank with plenty of hiding spots such as caves, driftwood, or rocks. The water temperature should be maintained between 72°F and 82°F (22°C and 28°C), with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. They appreciate a well-filtered tank with regular water changes to maintain good water quality.
- Compatibility: Hoplosternum catfish are generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful fish species that are not aggressive or overly territorial. However, they may become territorial among themselves, so providing enough space and hiding spots is important. Avoid keeping them with fish that have long, flowing fins that may entice the catfish to nip.
- Diet: Hoplosternum catfish are omnivorous and have a varied diet. They are known to be scavengers and will consume leftover food and detritus from the tank substrate. They also accept sinking pellets, algae wafers, and other prepared foods. It’s beneficial to supplement their diet with occasional live or frozen foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.
Hoplosternum catfish, or “hoplo,” can be interesting additions to a freshwater aquarium, adding a unique armored appearance to the tank. With proper care, suitable tankmates, and a balanced diet, they can thrive and provide an engaging presence in your aquarium.