L114 - Leopard cactus catfish - Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus - 4-6cm
  • interesting loricariid
  • beautiful colors
  • for large aquariums
  • needs good structure

L114 - Leopard cactus catfish - Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus - 4-6cm

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L114 - Leopard cactus catfish - Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus - 4-6cm
The beautiful spiny leopard cactus catfish lives up to its name. The great colored and beautifully patterned catfish from South America is the optimal "bottom fish" for lively tetras. It is adaptable and can be kept in soft to hard water. The L114, also known as LDA7 or LDA73, is a very interesting catfish that has been bred several times in the aquarium. - Garnelio
Features
Water values: soft to hard
Pelvic region: Below
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Feature: Interesting coloring
Aquarium size: over 1000l
Difficulty: 4 - Special
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Diet: carnivore - meat eater
Final size: > 12cm
Fish group: Catfish
Origin: South America
Breeding: medium
with snails/shells?: Yes
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
with fish?: conditional* (see description)
Visual effect: Forms precincts
with dwarf crabs?: No
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
with crabs?: No
Description

The Leopard Cactus Catfish or Demini Leopard Cactus Catfish L114 has been determined to be Pseudacanthicus sp. or also Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus. It is also referred to as LDA 7 or LDA 73.

The namesake black spots on a light background produce a reticulated pattern. The fins have broad orange fringes. Especially the males of the Leopard Cactus Catfish live up to their name, they are extremely spiny on the abdomen, but also on the head in the cheek area. The spines of the females are less pronounced, but the ladies are much broader than the males in the top view at the abdomen.

This catfish comes from the middle catchment area of the Rio Negro in South America, more exactly from the Rio Demini. It grows to over 40 cm long when fully grown and therefore needs a really large aquarium with an edge length of 200 cm or more. The Leopard Cactus Catfish tolerates soft to hard water and a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. The aquarium temperature should be 26 to 30 °C. Humic substances in the water are very beneficial to the well-being of Pseudacanthicus.

As juveniles, Leopard Cactus Catfish are relatively shy, coming out only after dark. Juvenile cactus catfish are also compatible in groups. As they age, these ornamental fish become less shy, but also more quarrelsome.

The Leopard Cactus Catfish is a heavy feeder and has a throughput to match. The filter of the aquarium must therefore be very efficient. The water should have some flow and be well saturated with oxygen. This is helped by a strong surface movement.

The substrate of the aquarium should be sand, and the catfish need sufficiently large caves to hide in. Since the animals become much more territorial with age and serious fights can occur, especially among the males, the aquarium must be very well structured. The aquarium should not be illuminated too brightly. Planting is possible, but not necessary. Preference should be given to robust plants such as Javafarn or Anubias. The carnivorous catfish will not go for the plants, but more delicate plants may not be a match for the rugged fish.

The breeding of Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus L114 is possible in the aquarium. The clutches sometimes contain more than 1000 eggs. Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus L114 is a cave spawner. The male takes over the part of the brood care. Frequent large water changes of about 80% several times a week signal the aquarium catfish to begin their mating season. A stronger current also favors courtship and spawning. Soft water with as little carbonate hardness as possible and lots of humic substances increases the chance that the clutch will not become fungal.

Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus L114 is a carnivorous catfish.  The bottom-oriented aquarium fish needs sinking live foods such as large shiner worms or frozen foods such as frozen sardines, smelts, clam meat or krill.

These predatory catfish should not be socialized with shrimp or crayfish - shrimp can be eaten, while the crayfish can injure the catfish. South American fish that inhabit the upper water layers, such as tetras, are well suited for keeping in the Leopard Cactus Catfish aquarium.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria 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.

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Scientific name Pseudacanthicus cf. leopardus, Pseudacanthicus sp.
German name: Leopard cactus catfish, L114, LDA 7, LDA73
Difficulty level: advanced
Origin/Distribution: Brazil, middle Rio Negro region
Coloration: On light ground color, dark spots all over the body, net-like pattern. Fins seams broad orange, clearly visible spines on body
Age expectancy up to 15 years with optimal care
Water parameters: GH 0 to 20, KH 0 to 8, pH 5.5 to 7.5, temperature 26 to 30°C
Tank size: from 200 cm
Food carnivorous, frozen food or sinking live food
Breeding fastidious
Behavior peaceful as juveniles, later territorial and aggressive
Group size for breeding 2 males, 2 females
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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