Credit: Graeme Robson
Kottelatlimia katik (Kottelat & Lim,
Common name: None known.
Synonyms: Lepidocephalichthys katik
Distribution: Penang. Malaysia.
Sexual Dimorphism: Females look noticeably
plumper in appearance.
size: 5 Inches (13 cm)
to: Lepidocephalus and Lepidocephalichthys species.
Care: Same as Lepidocephalichthys and Lepidocephalus species. A peaceful loach that
likes lots of hiding places with soft substrate. Sand substrate will be best to
protect their delicate skin. The aquarium should feature good filtration with
some water movement. Best kept in groups. Three fish is the recommended minimum
that should be kept together. At times they like each other's company when
sheltering under plants and bogwood. At times they prefer to be left alone while
they burrow under the substrate.
Feeding: Accepts good quality flake, sinking
pellets, thawed frozen mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, Daphnia etc.
Water parameters: pH:6.5 -7.5. Hardness: Medium
Soft to Medium. Max dh range:5
Temperature: 72ºF to 79ºF (22-26°C)
Breeding: None reported in
Notable for very prominent, elongated nasal nares.
Inhabits slow-moving, shallow waters of canals and inundated floodplains. Often found on or in muddy substrates. Lives in swamps and rivers including peats. Also found in mountain streams, prefers small gravel/sand substrates. They are peaceful and a good aquarium fish, but seldom exported for the aquarium trade.
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