Spotted Driftwood Catfish (Trachelyichthys decaradiatus)

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Spotted Driftwood Catfish

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Spotted Driftwood Catfish

Trachelyichthys decaradiatus

76 Litres (20 US G.)

7.6-8.1cm (3-3.2 ")




6.5 - 7.0

20-27.8°C (68 -82 °F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have a modified anal fin, similar in that to the gonopodium of livebearers. Mature females will be more full in the belly if they are gravid.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Catfish that does best with other South American fish species with similar requirements. May eat very small fish or fry however.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will appreciate meaty foods like bloodworm, daphnia, earthworms, ghost shrimp and may also accept sinking pellets and flake.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a spacious tank, prefers densely planted with plenty of hiding places combined with open swimming space and does not like very bright light.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful bottom-dwelling catfish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A striking catfish with a straight spine and rounded belly with pointed dorsal fin. The body is cream-yellow in colour with several large dark brown-black spots and blotches. It has three sets of barbels around its mouth. It can be mistaken for Trachelyichthys exilis, but T.decaradiatus's eyes are set further forward on the head.

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