L038 - Banded dwarf catfish - Peckoltia spec.
L038 - Banded dwarf catfish - Peckoltia spec.
  • very nice shield catfish
  • great in community tank
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  • perfect to keep in a group
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L038 - Banded dwarf catfish - Peckoltia spec.

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L038 - Banded dwarf catfish - Peckoltia spec.
This great Peckoltia belongs to a still undetermined species from the Rio Tocantins in Brazil. With the reddish base color and the great dark pattern it does not only look good, it is also an extremely peaceful small shield catfish, which "can" well with shrimps and also leaves snails largely in peace. Since the males like to fight once in a while, the fish absolutely need good structures and hiding places in the form of stones, roots and caves in addition to soft wood that they can scrape off. - Garnelio
Water values: soft to medium hard
Breeding: medium
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Feature: Interesting coloring
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Pelvic region: Below
Fish group: Catfish
Aquarium size: 100 l (approx. 80cm)
with shrimps?: with dwarf shrimps, offspring is not eaten
Origin: South America
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Visual effect: Especially colorful
with snails/shells?: Yes
Difficulty: 1 - Simple
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
Final size: 8-12 cm
with crabs?: No

The very peaceful small Banded Dwarf Catfish Peckoltia sp. (L 38) from the Rio Tocantins in Brazil stands out due to its beautiful pattern. Here a dark brown line pattern meanders on a reddish to cream background - not as contrasting as other L-catfish, but still beautiful to look at. The males of the Banded Dwarf Catfish are heavily covered with bristly odontodes on the entire body, especially close to the caudal peduncle. The females lack this "hairiness". With a body length of up to 8-10 cm the Banded Dwarf Sign Catfish is a smaller armored catfish.

Important for the Banded Dwarf Shield Catfish is a lot of soft wood in the aquarium, which the animals constantly scrape off. They need the fibers for healthy digestion. For this reason, good and strong filtration must be installed in an aquarium for these L catfish.

This Peckoltia sp. (L 38) does not like excessively bright light. If you would like to illuminate your aquarium nevertheless brightly (for example, because the aquarium plants need much light), a varied arrangement with caves, stones and soft root wood contributes very much to the well-being of the Banded Dwarf Shield Catfish. Here the pretty little catfish find retreat possibilities, and the caves serve them as resting places and breeding dens. If there are not enough retreats in the form of roots , the catfish can become very rowdy among themselves.

A substrate of sand or fine gravel is well suited. An edge length of 80 cm or more is recommended for a small group of Peckoltia sp. L38. Plants can be nibbled, so here you should go for less palatable, firm and robust plants such as Anubias, Javafarn, Cryptocoryne and similar.

The breeding of Peckoltia sp. L 38 has been successful several times. The banded dwarf shield catfish is a cave spawner. The few, but relatively large fry eat directly everything that can be fed to the adult catfish when they leave the cave.

Care of Peckoltia sp. L 38 should be done in soft to medium hard water. A water temperature of about 25-29°C is ideal.
Apart from intra-species aggression if there are not enough hiding places, Peckoltia sp. L 38 is a peaceful fellow, which can be socialized very well with shrimps, snails, smaller tetras and also other catfishes.

Peckoltia sp. L 38 are omnivores. Since they live bottom-oriented, the food should sink directly. In addition to catfish food in tab or cookie form, Banded Dwarf Scale Catfish also take live or frozen food very readily. Feeding of vegetable food in addition to animal food should be included.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Catfishfeed for all aufwuchs feeding sucking catfish in the aquarium is a balanced tablet food, which does not cloud the water and the fish like to eat. The catfish tablets also contain NatureHolic active ingredient complexes that provide sucking catfish with everything they need for a strong immune system, healthy growth and great, contrasting coloration. As a snack, supplemental food or vacation food, we recommend the CatfishPlates.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name Peckoltia sp.
German name: Banded dwarf shield catfish, L 38
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Brazil, BS Pará, Rio Tocantins
Coloration: dark worm line / stripe pattern on reddish to cream body base color
Age expectancy with optimal care up to 15 years
Water parameters: GH 0 to 15, KH 0 to 5, pH 6 to 8, temperature 25 to 29°C
Tank size: from 80 l
Food Omnivorous, likes to take additional fine frozen food or live food, regularly also vegetable food
Breeding possible
Behavior very peaceful
Group size Group from 4-6 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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Question: "Mit welchem Futter füttern Sie die L38, welche Welshöhlen würden Sie, für den L38, empfehlen und mit welcher Größe werden sie geliefert, wie alt sind sie dann etwa? MfG Petra "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Petra, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Die Tiere sind etwa 6 bis 9 Monate alt und wir empfehlen eine Hoehle mit Durchmesser um die 2 cm fuer die Tiere bei Ankunft. 

Question: "Guten Morgen, ich suche 1-2 adulte Böckchen - könnte ich bei Ihnen fündig geworden sein? LG Barbara Kahlfuß"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Barbara, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Wir fuehren keine adulten Tiere. 

Question: "Wie alt wird ein Zwergschilderwels? ( ich konnte nirgendwo Informationen darüber finden, und besitze selbst einen und dieser ist mindestens 11 Jahre alt. )"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo, die eine gesicherte Information zum Maximalalter gibt es bei den Tieren tatsächlich nicht. Im Aquarium können die Tiere jedoch sehr alt werden und Ihrem Besitzer auch gerne mal 20 und mehr Jahre Freude bereiten.

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