Size up to 25 cm. Loricaria lives in the northwest of South America (the Magdalena River).
Males of Loricaria differ from females by the presence of brushes on pectoral fins. Locarius armoup catfish, leads a bottom life.
These catfish have a mouth that not only allows the fish to keep at the strongest current due to the sucker, but also to scrape off the fouling, which in nature is the main food for this type of fish. Loricaria swims not so much as creeps from place to place. It is protected from predators by bone plates.
Like most catfishes, it prefers twilight and is most active at dusk. In the aquarium with pleasure eats any live and dry food. Water for content: GH up to 15 °; pH of about 7.0; t 22-24 ° C.
Loricaria becomes mature by the year. Spawning usually starts in January and lasts until summer.
Spawning occurs in the same aquarium where the fishes are kept. To stimulate spawning in the aquarium, add fresh water and increase the temperature by 2-3 ° C.
Pre-placed on the bottom of a ceramic or plastic tube with a diameter of 20-30 mm and a length of 12-15 cm. Water for dilution: GH to 10 °; pH 7.0; t 26-29 ° C.
The male takes the tube, cleans it, and the female spawns and sticks it inside the tube. After spawning, the male kicks the female out of the tube, and he literally sits on his calf, guarding it.
Caviar develops 8-9 days. 1-2 days prior to the release of fry, water from the aquarium is poured into a settler.
The tube, in which the male with caviar is located, is clamped with his hands from two sides and carefully transferred to the spout. When the fry Loricaria swim out of the tube, the male is deposited.
Starter feed – rotifers, artemia, small dry fed mashed egg yolk. Loricaria juveniles are sensitive to pollution, so water should be regularly replaced or filtered through activated carbon. Photo Loricaria can be seen on the right.
As the fry of Loricaria grows, the size and amount of feed increases. The sensitivity of fry Loricaria to pollution at the age of one month disappears.
You can buy Loricaria in a specialized nursery. The price of Loricaria fry can be found on the bulletin board.
Pictures and photos of Loricaria can be found in the species and breeds section.