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Microglanis iheringi Questions
Old 08-11-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
 
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Microglanis iheringi Questions

Well, I'm still on a quest to get an interesting bottom feeder for my 29g community tank. I've got sand as my substrate. I've ruled out cories (cute though they may be) because I've already got some in another tank and I want something different. I need something not too big but that won't get eaten by golden wonder killies. Originally I was thinking kuhli loaches, but have been somewhat talked out of it.

So how about Microglanis iheringi, the South American Bumblebee Catfish? I saw some of these at a LFS a few days ago and sort of wrote them off because I assumed they'd get too big for my tank. Apparently they max out at about two and a half inches. Perfect!

I did some research on them, but none of the sources I found could tell me how well they get along together. Anyone know if these are social critters, or should I only get one? I've got plenty of caves to hide in.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:25 AM   #2
 
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Maybe try two? If they have plenty of hiding spots which you indicated is the case ,good. If they don't get along you could always move or trade? one of them. They might also control excess fry . :)
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:34 AM   #3
 
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They are territorial towards their own kind or any other cat fish. And they will eat any fish small enough to fit in its mouth during the night.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:13 AM   #4
 
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Appears to be several species of this fish but particular species (south american) as opposed to its cousins should work , could find no indication that they are intolerant of each other but as noted they appear to enjoy the fry of fish along with just about every food one could offer. I still say go for it. It is reported that some keep two to three specimens without any outward signs of aggression amongst them. Some other species of this fish are as noted territorial.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:08 PM   #5
 
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Hmmm I think I'll try two of them, then. I've got tons of rock work in the tank with plenty of caves, so even if they don't particularly like each other there should be plenty of space to keep them apart. And if they eat my fry, all the better! Thanks guys.
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