Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish (Akysis vespa)

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Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish

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Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish

Akysis vespa

38 Litres (10 US G.)

2.5-4.1cm (1-1.6 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.5

20-24.4°C (68 -76 °F)

6-10 °d

2:3 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years

Family

Akysidae





Additional names

Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish, Orange Banded Stone Catfish


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex but has been bred in captivity. Breeding is often triggered by a large partial water change.


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful fish which works well in an Asian hillstream biotope setting with fish such as Danios and Loaches.


Diet[edit | edit source]

Will most likely not take dry food, may be weaned on to micro pellets, but should take any small frozen or live food such as daphnia and bloodworm.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Best kept in cool acidic to neutral conditions with a fine sand substrate with rounded river rocks and bogwood and a reasonable current. Immaculate water conditions are a must.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful small catfish which can be shy.


Identification[edit | edit source]

An unusual looking fish that can be confused with similar species including Akysis longifilis and Akysis prashadi. A. vespa is a small slender fish with small eyes and several nasal barbels. The body has thick vertical bands with olive-brown and cream-yellow. A. longifilis has longer nasal barbels than A. vespa and A. prashadi has a brown abdomen rather than yellow with A. vespa.

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