Belongs to the Family Cobitidae (which includes loaches). The best scavenger for a cichlid aquarium. The fish has two needles located below its eyes and can defend itself against the aggression of African cichlids if it has to. It will escape any threat by burrowing in the sand, seconds before the cichlid arrives. A nocturnal species, you can see it just after the lights go off if there is a weak light coming from the side of the aquarium. The fish will eat any remaining food and will clean the bottom every night. The disadvantage is that if they die, it will be very difficult for you to know. Needs sand or very fine gravel to show its interesting behavior. If such a decoration is provided it will spend all day completely borrowed in the gravel and come out only at night. Note: this fish is very seldom seen after it enters the tank. You may see it after a year or so again (about when you think it has probably died).
Minimum tank size : 120 cm (volume not important). The gravel size should be as small as possible, plain sand is highly recommended. Thickness of the gravel is very important. Allow at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) of fine sand in one part of your tank for this species to thrive. A very slow grower. The fish is very territorial and aggressive against conspecifics. A very large tank is required if you want to keep two of them.
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