Roundhead flounder catfish - Planiloricaria cryptodon 8cm
Roundhead flounder catfish - Planiloricaria cryptodon 8cm
Roundhead flounder catfish - Planiloricaria cryptodon 8cm
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  • very unusual form
  • peaceful and compatible
  • for large aquaria
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Roundhead flounder catfish - Planiloricaria cryptodon 8cm

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Roundhead flounder catfish - Planiloricaria cryptodon 8cm
This absolutely amazingly flat loricariid catfish is really looking for its equal! With its tail appendages, the so-called filaments, it reaches an impressive length of 35 cm, but its flat shape makes it look not so huge. Its unusual body shape looks like a flounder for freshwater. The catfish fits well in a large aquarium with a large footprint and can also be kept very well in a community aquarium with peaceful, not too curious co-inhabitants. - Garnelio
Water values: soft to medium hard
Final size: > 12cm
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Feature: becomes particularly large
Visual effect: interesting body shape
Behavior: Quiet
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
Aquarium size: 250/300 l (approx. 120cm)
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Pelvic region: Below
Origin: South America
Fish group: Catfish
Breeding: medium
with shrimps?: with dwarf shrimps, offspring is not eaten
Difficulty: 2 - Normal
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
with snails/shells?: Yes
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
with crabs?: No

Planiloricaria cryptodon is a catfish with a large distribution area, its occurrence extends in South America over Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. The sexes of the Roundhead Flounder Catfish can be distinguished relatively easily. In male Planiloricaria cryptodon catfishes, the ventral fins, compared to those of females, are significantly longer and more pointed. The catfish are of a grayish brown to dark sandy ground color and have many, many small spots, some of which combine to form a striped pattern. The males are more strongly colored. The catfish are strikingly flat, almost like a flounder.

Aquariums in which Planiloricaria are kept should not have too bright lighting, or should at least have shaded areas. In any case, good structuring with stone structures and roots absolutely contributes to the well-being of the Roundhead Flounder Catfish. Here the ornamental fish find retreat possibilities and resting places. The aquarium should have as large a base area as possible and the substrate should consist of fine sand. These loricariid catfish partially burrow into the substrate. An edge length of 120 cm or more is the minimum for Roundhead Flounder Catfish. Plants can be used, but they are not absolutely necessary and may be dug out.

The breeding of this impressively large loricariid catfish has been successful several times. The main trigger here is a frequent water change, soft water and an additional current. Planiloricaria are mouth breeding catfish.

Planiloricaria should be kept in soft to medium hard water, with a water temperature of about 24-28 °C. The round-headed flounder catfish can grow up to 35 cm long when measured by the tail filaments. A group of 3-5 Planiloricaria cryptodon should therefore be offered a tank from 200 l, ideally a large bottom area, the aquarium height plays only a subordinate role.

Since these Harnischwelse are peaceful and very compatible and rather shy catfishes, one cansocialize them very well . With shrimps one should be a little more careful. If the shrimp population is too large, it has happened that they also "graze" the fine mucous membrane of the loricariid catfish in search of food and damage it in the process. This is a great stress factor. The Planiloricaria cannot defend themselves against this, the only way to help them is to bury them completely in the sand.

Planiloricaria are omnivores. Since they live at the bottom of the aquarium, the food should also be chosen so that it sinks quickly. Gladly mosquito larvae and water fleas are eaten. In addition, food tablets for loricariid catfish or flake food are also accepted.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Catfish Feed is a professionally formulated complete food especially for all sucking catfish. The food tabs contain important dietary fibers such as chitin and plant fibers, which are essential for the survival of catfish for a well-functioning digestion. With strong proteins from insect larvae as well as carbohydrate-rich vegetables NatureHolic Catfish Feed provides all sucking catfish optimally with all important building materials for a fast and healthy growth. The extra hard chips can be scraped off by the catfish close to nature - here they really have to do something for their food! An occupation like in nature.

Our plant recommendation: Use for the 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 Planiloricaria cryptodon
German Name: Roundhead flounder catfish
Difficulty level: advanced
Origin/Distribution: South America: Peru, Brazil, Bolivia
Coloration: On dark to sandy body ground color, many dark smaller spots to stripes, more pronounced in males
Age expectancy with optimal care up to 25 years
Water parameters: GH 3 to 16, KH 0 to 8, pH 5.5 to 7, temperature 24 to 28°C
Tank size: from 200 l
Food Omnivorous, likes to take additional fine frozen food or live food
Breeding somewhat more difficult
Behavior very peaceful
Group size Group from 3-5 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: "Hallo stimmt das Alterserwartung: bei optimaler Pflege bis 10 000Jahre ? gruss chris "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Chris, da hast du uns ja erwischt! :-) Danke für den Hinweis, es wurde sofort korrigiert.

Question: "Hallo Wäre es möglich beim Händler nach zu fragen ob er Geschlechter bezogen versenden kann? Mfg"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Leider können wir dir nicht alle Fische nach Geschlecht getrennt anbieten. Dadurch profitierst du unter anderem von unserem guten Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Wenn du mehrere Fische bestellst, könnten aber möglicherweise beide Geschlechter vertreten sein. Vielen Dank für dein Verständnis!

Liebe Grüße, Kevin

Question: "Also ist es nicht möglich wenn ich z.b. 4 stück kaufe zu schauen das es nicht 4 Böcke oder 4 Mädels sind. Mfg"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Damit du bei uns stets das beste Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis in Anspruch nehmen kannst, werden nicht alle Tiere bei uns nach Geschlecht getrennt angeboten. Vielen Dank für dein Verständnis!

Liebe Grüße, Kevin

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