Scientific name: Dianema urostriata

The Stripe-Tailed Catfish grows to 4.5 inches. Subdued tank lighting and numerous hiding places in the tank are needed for this species, which becomes active at night.

The water temperature should be between 72º and 80º Fahrenheit with a pH in the range of 5.5 to 7.0 and moderately soft water. This peaceful, schooling fish will consume all flake and freeze-dried foods, but it should receive live brine shrimp as well.

A hefty little catfish, the Stripe-Tailed Catfish comes from South America's Amazon River. It has not yet bred in captivity, so aquarists must depend on wild-caught specimens for their tanks.

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