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Horabagrus brachysoma



The peacock eye catfish or Peacock eye catfish or Horabagrus peacock eye catfish naturally inhabits bodies of water located in south-western India. The fish can be found in quiet backwaters, lakes and marshes. The name Horabagrus is bipartite - Hora after the Indian ichthyologist Hora, and bagrus is the name of the catfish genus, often used to form generic names.

Horabagrus brachysoma is a rather large catfish, reaching a length of 45 cm in nature, although in aquariums they usually do not exceed 30 cm. The Peacock-Eye catfish resembles a small shark, but not in the same way that it has a peaceful disposition. A kind of trademark catfish are a pair of black spots in a bright areola, located on both sides of the head, which gave the fish its name - Peacock Eye. The basic coloration is dark gray, abdomen is light, and the mouth has four small antennae. Sexual differences are not pronounced.

Horabagrus brachysoma

Horabagrus brachysoma is a calm, peaceful fish, which can be kept in a common aquarium with other calm commensurate in size fish (all fish that can fit in the mouth Horabagrus will certainly be eaten). It should be noted that, given the relatively large size of fish, the aquarium should be large enough, its minimum volume of 300 liters.

There should be enough space in the aquarium for the fish to swim freely. A large number of different shelters in the form of snags, stones and plant growth should be placed at the bottom. The catfish show their main activity at dusk and hide in hiding places during the day. When observing the silence catfish sometimes go out in the open where they can be considered, but should only make careless movements as they instantly hide in hiding.

Water parameters: temperature 23-25° C, hardness dH 5-25°, pH 6,0-7,5. The fish excrete large amounts of waste, so a highly effective water filter is required. A weekly change of at least 1/3 of the aquarium water with fresh water is also required.

Low light intensity of approximately 0.2 W/L is required. This should be considered if the aquarium is intended to contain aquarium plants, and select species that can grow in these conditions.

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The Horabagrus brachysoma is an undemanding fish. Virtually all the food you give it will be eaten up with gusto. Catfish are fed with minnows, mussel meat and shrimp, earthworms, as well as dry granular and flake food, sink to the bottom. Feed the fish once a day after dusk.

Reproduction

The Horabagrus brachysoma will not propagate under aquarium conditions.

Horabagrus brachysoma

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