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Requires well-oxygenated, well-filtered water with a current in order to thrive. Does best when water is kept as soft as possible. Consider a longer tank with a large area of open water to give this fish the greatest benthic range. Sandy substrate protects their long sensory barbels. Provide hiding places along the tank's periphery in the form of caves, driftwood roots and branches, pipes, lush plants and slate shelters arranged to allow quick entry and exit. Blue-moon lights or plants floating on the water's surface provide diffused light and make the fish feel more secure. Excellent among peaceful, similarly-sized fish, in schools of at least 3 of its kind or within a community with Corydoras. Mimics the coloration, markings and behavior of Corydoras to the point of schooling with them, a phenomenon called Batesian mimicry. This affords them the protection of the school and the ability to pinch food from the Corys. Fish smaller than 1” and fry may be eaten. Corydoras may occasionally have their fins nipped. Excellent tankmates include characins, cyprinids and medium-sized Loricariids.
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