Fast facts on Cochliodon hondae
you’ll find this “Fast Fact Sheet” not that fast (or short) but
you have to consider that this fish is sort ot “UFO” (read it as
Unidentified Fish Object!)
to me. Therefore
I felt the need to add a bit more of information. Let’s go, then, in
This is likely one of the few
"guaranteed" information I happen to have on this fish:
it has been caught my myself and other members of the Amazon River
expedition I took part
in, at Cocha of Yanashi (Cocha = Lake) in the Rio
Orosa related body of water in Peru (Amazon Basin). It was
August 1st 2000, a
day hard to forget, believe me!
first tank (where the fish
conditioned once back at home) has been
125 lt (about 33 US gal).
fish coming from the same area.
a matter of fact
has been great during this
trip. It is
in a 360 lt (about 98 US Gals) Amazon tank. Since this fish has proved to
be utterly nocturnal and shy I’ll
have to get
a separate on/off switch
for the lamps in its
and exchange of
one of the two white lamps with an actinic one to achieve a more gradual /
softer turn on/off of lamps and a dimmer environment.
This fish, that has been tentatively
"labelled" as above (from our
expedition-leader and local peoples), is supposed to be an adult specimem. Of course I can neither deny nor confirm the exact
identification of the fish. Should I, for any reason, get more information
on the matter I’ll update this sheet.
Strange as it may seen we found a pH of 7.0 (see my article on the
peruvian trip for more info).
the beginning I used some peat extract in
tank: it brings
the pH of the
water to a neutral value and
Not that nice (to say so) to look at - but my fish's
being always comes first! After almost a year the fish is used to a much
water (of suitable chemistry to
the best of
my knowledge) and seem to thrive.
However, it is
still awfully shy!
you have to
keep into account that at the point this particular fish was
collected, if you
dip your feet in the water till
anckles you’ll NOT see your
Of course there
is no chance
to accomplish that with a
single specimen (and I regret it)! Even
compared to our beloved malawians, spawning a loriicarid is not that easy
the possible exception
of members of
as far as I know).
tank but this
is a another plan;
no result till now …(in
case you were wondering)
We came been back (in Italy)
from Peru on August 9th 2000.
date I’ve NEVER seen him feeding in any way! Since a fish cannot starve
for such a long period I’ll, simply, mention
supplied food: fresh vegetables, sinking tablets and wafers, flakes and
pellets. Since he is (is
it a male?) doing well then
not (a real) problem. In
order to satisfy my curiosity I would just like to know what this fish
really likes to eat !
a large number of Amazon fishes such as: Pterophyllum
Apistogramma agassizi (from Paucarillo creek); Hypessobrycon socolofi
(Bleeding heart Tetra), Corydoras, other loriicarids, Rineloricaria sp.,
Amblydoras hanckoki (Talking catfish) without
till now (cross
your fingers for the future).
Many of the
before are still
sharing the same tank
Only “odd” thing I’ve to mention is the fact this fish came from the
Amazon along with a similar specimen. About two/three weeks
– when conditioning was supposed to be over with no troubles for both of
them – I found the other
dead (to my
sorrow!) with no signs of having been bullied.
I still don't know if
this was a result of settling
undetected illness. For the sake of truth I have to add most loriicarids
against conspecifics in their
which includes far
more aggression that even
able to show.