Lanceolate Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria lanceolata)

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Lanceolate Whiptail Catfish

Lanceolate Whiptail Catfish

Rineloricaria lanceolata

57 Litres (15 US G.)

7.6-10.2cm (3-4 ")




6.0 - 8.0

25 -28 °C (77-82.4°F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Lanceolate Whiptail Catfish, Whiptail Catfish

Additional scientific names

Hemiloricaria lanceolata, Loricaria lanceolata

General care[edit]

These fish can reach a potential size of 12 cm/4.7 inches. They are slightly smaller than the more popular species of Bristlenose Catfish / Ancistrus, however move considerably less. Despite this, they are still interesting fish and can be kept in aquariums as small as 15 gallons. They will eat frozen foods, chopped earthworm and catfish tablets. Pellet foods may also be eaten. They require driftwood or bogwood in order to keep the pH around 6.5. They are more active with subdued lighting. Floating plants are recommended.


These fish are generally not very active. They will, however shuffle along the ground using their fins and mouth. Do not keep these fish with boisterous fish (puffers, tiger barbs, loaches). Make sure they get enough food, as they can be out competed.


They will eat frozen foods, chopped earthworm and catfish tablets. Pellet foods may also be eaten.


Sexing is very straightforward in this species. The male has a much broader head than the female and his cheeks are densely covered with odontodes ("whiskers").


Like with bristlenose catfish, breeding whiptails requires little or no interference on the part of the aquarist. They spawn on rocks, wood or even aquarium glass! Ideally buy three males and three females in a large tank. The males will mark out territories and the females will lay eggs.

Breeding Habitat[edit]

Wood, rocks, pvc tubing and caves will help with breeding. So will plants.


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