Catfish / Pimelodidae / Bumble Bee Catfish

Bumble Bee Catfish
Pseudopimelodus raninus

Synonyms: Batrachoglanis raninus, Pimelodus raninus
Physical description:
Size/Length: To 6" (15 cm)
Similar species: Other Pseudopimelodus species
S: bottom
Habitat: South America; widespread in the Amazon river from Surinam to Peru
Aquarium: A 40" (102 cm) tank with a capacity from 45-55 gallons (170-209 L) is sufficient. The tank can be well-planted and should be furnished with several retreats. Dim lighting is suggested.
Water chemistry: pH 5.8-7.5 (6.7), 2-20 dH (8), 70-81°F (21-27°C)
Social behavior: A seclusive predator that may consume fish up to 3" (8 cm) in length. This nocturnal species may disappear for long periods. Can be kept singly or in groups.
Suggested companions: Angelfish, Acaras, Cichlasoma from Central America, Loricarids, Leporinus, Anostomus, Chalceus, Myleus, Metynnis, Pimelodus, Knifefish
FOOD: Live; worms, crustaceans, fish, insect larvae, aquatic insects; tablets.
SEX: Males are said to be slimmer than females.
Breeding techniques: Unsuccessful.
Breeding potential: 10. Has yet to be bred in aquaria.
Remarks: As a result of this species's wide distribution, several different forms exist. Thus the species has been broken down into sub-species.
Difficulty of care: 5. This subtle predator is quite hardy and adaptable to a broad range of water properties.

By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com