Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish (Akysis vespa)
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Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish
6.0 - 7.5
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- Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish, Orange Banded Stone Catfish
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Location where this animal is found in the wild.
- Difficult to visually sex but has been bred in captivity. Breeding is often triggered by a large partial water change.
- A generally peaceful fish which works well in an Asian hillstream biotope setting with fish such as Danios and Loaches.
- Will most likely not take dry food, may be weaned on to micro pellets, but should take any small frozen or live food such as daphnia and bloodworm.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- Best kept in cool acidic to neutral conditions with a fine sand substrate with rounded river rocks and bogwood and a reasonable current. Immaculate water conditions are a must.
- A generally peaceful small catfish which can be shy.
- An unusual looking fish that can be confused with similar species including Akysis longifilis and Akysis prashadi. A. vespa is a small slender fish with small eyes and several nasal barbels. The body has thick vertical bands with olive-brown and cream-yellow. A. longifilis has longer nasal barbels than A. vespa and A. prashadi has a brown abdomen rather than yellow with A. vespa.
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