Leiarius longibarbis. Marbled Pim . L. longibarbis was described 15 years earlier than L. marmoratus and therefore that name was given precedence.
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Most of the available literature still lists the species with the invalid name L.
It also marmoraths an amazing set of very long barbels that can move independently of each other. Some hobbyists simply leave the substrate out altogether, which certainly makes cleaning the tank an easier task. Habitat Inhabits large rivers and lakes.
It relishes meaty items such as prawns, mussels, cockle, lancefish or earthworms. Larger specimens can be offered whole marmoratua fillets use white fish. Many aquarists buy a young specimen with the intention of buyinga bigger tank as it grows. You must be logged in to post a comment.
These cats can and will attain something close to their maximum size in captivity, and will do so quite quickly. Further confusion arises when attempting to distinguish it from the very similar, but much rarer Perrunichthys perruno. If the tank is also very deep larger characins, cyprinids, South american arowana and various cichlids such as Cichla species can also be added. Also take care not to overfeed.
Choice of substrate can be an issue, as most grades of gravel can either be swallowed or become caught in the delicate gills. Particularly suitable companions include Doradids such as Oxydoras nigerMegalodoras urunoscopus or Pterodoras granulosus. It lurks among submerged tree roots and other refuges during daylight hours, emerging at night to leiariuz. This is now considered a junior synonym of L.
Adult females are likely to be stockier in build than males.
Piscivorous by nature, but usually adapts well to dead foods in captivity. Juveniles enjoy hiding places marmorxtus the form of bogwoodtangles of roots and branches, rock piles or lengths of plastic piping of a suitable bore. An adult specimen needs only a single meal per week at most. If possible, choose a sump — type arrangement, as this allows most of the equipment to be located outside the tank.
A large specimen can easily destroy glass heaterstats, thermometers etc. Sexual Dimorphism Virtually impossible to sex by external characteristics. You can however add some large chunks of bogwoodbeech branches or smooth rocks if you wish. Virtually impossible to sex by external characteristics. Feed every other day when juvenile but as the fish grows reduce the frequency. The only visible difference appears to be in the number of dorsal fin rays.
Risks involved with feeding these include the potential of disease introduction. This species should not be fed the meat of mammals such as beef heart or chicken. Reproduction Unreported in captivity. This can lead to health problems in the long term. A large and efficient marmlratus filter is needed to cope with the amounts of waste produced by a fish of this size.
Some of the lipids contained in these meats cannot be properly metabolised by the fish, and can cause excess deposits of fat and even organ degeneration. Try to keep the diet varied or you may find it becomes too accustomed to a particular food and is reluctant to accept anything else.
Very few fellow hobbyists will have the facilities lleiarius do so, either. A layer of large, smooth pebbles is a better option.
All too often, juveniles are sold without adequate information regarding their long term care. Inhabits large rivers and lakes. Apparently they marmoatus differ slightly in the morphology of the skull.