VIDEO: Crossoloricaria variegata and friends

27 Nov, 2020

Crossoloricaria variegata, dorsal view. Image credit: Oliver Lucanus
Crossoloricaria variegata, dorsal view. Image credit: Oliver Lucanus

In concert with his latest article, AMAZONAS contributor Oliver Lucanus shares a brief video look at some spectacular whiptail catfishes: Pseudohemiodon apithanos, Rhadinoloricaria macromystax, and Crossoloricaria variegata, all from Colombia.

Pseudohemiodon apithanos are highly variable in color, with the black and beige markings changing based on their mood. They spend most of their time buried in the substrate. High water flow and routine water changes are required for their husbandry.

Learn more about these and other species in "Choco-rarely seen loricardiids from the Andes," by Oliver Lucanus, published in the January/February 2021 issue of AMAZONAS
Learn more about these and other species in “Choco-rarely seen loricardiids from the Andes,” by Oliver Lucanus, published in the January/February 2021 issue of AMAZONAS

From the Choco region, Crossoloricaria variegata: They can be territorial but seldom cause injury (watch them fight over food in the video below).

Reaching 14 inches (35 cm) in length, Rhadinoloricaria macromystax, The Salvador Dali Whiptail, is a fish that Lucanus considers reserved for the experts. “It’s crazy delicate,” he warns, requiring warm, oxygen-rich, fast-flowing water and clean water chemistry; weekly water changes are non-optional.

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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