Port Hoplo (Megalechis thoracata)

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Port Hoplo

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Port Hoplo

Megalechis thoracata

132 Litres (35 US G.)

11-13 cm (4.3-5.1")




6.5 - 7.5

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods

4-8 years



Additional names

Port Hoplo, Armoured Catfish, Hoplo

Additional scientific names

Callichthys exaratus, Callichthys personatus, Hoplosternum personatus, Hoplosternum thoracatum surinamensis, Megalechis personata

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Amazon, Orinoco and upper Paraguay River basins, as well as coastal rivers of the Guianas and northern Brazil.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

A mature male has a thickened first pectoral ray which varies from orange/brown to scarlet in colour.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful fish that does well in company of its own kind. Can be boisterous at feeding time so keep with robust tankmates only.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept a variety of foods including sinking catfish tablets and bloodworm.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Not fussy about tank set up, originates from small ponds that are low in oxygen and have little current, but this fish is flexible towards it's environment.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Generally peaceful but can be boisterous.

Identification[edit | edit source]

More Loach-like in appearance than catfish, this fish is mottled grey in colour and can be mistaken for the similar Megalechis picta. The difference being the absence of a conspicuous dark vertical band in the caudal fin in the M.thoracata.

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