Brocade pterigoplicht (Latin Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps), He is a brocade catfish, refers to the fish-cleaners.
With the help of a mouth-sucker, he eats algae from the walls of the aquarium, as well as equipment, plants and decorative items.
In nature, these somas live in the slow waters of the rivers of the Amazon Basin (South America).
This is a large fish – the size of an adult individual can reach 30-35 cm. Characteristic features are the crest in front of the dorsal fin, protruding nostrils, as well as a large dorsal fin in the form of a sail with 12-13 rays.
For the maintenance of brocade pterigoplicht recommended spacious aquariums from 100 liters. The large capacity of the aquarium increases the likelihood of catfish reaching maximum sizes.
The recommended water temperature is 22-28 degrees Celsius.
These catfishes are mostly nocturnal, so for their maintenance in an aquarium it is required to provide special shelters where the fish can rest easy during the day.
Brocade catfish are compatible with all types of fish. However, experts do not recommend keeping them together with goldfish, especially voile ones, as these catfish like to stick to large fish and thus travel around the aquarium.
Feeding brocade catfish is not difficult. They are omnivorous, but prefer vegetable food. So, they can be fed with scalded spinach, nettle, cabbage, cucumbers, and so on.
In addition, they are happy to eat live food (bloodworm, cortex) and dry food for bottom fish.
The reproduction of these fish in an amateur aquarium is impossible.
In general, it is unpretentious fish, which you can safely recommend to beginners.