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Platydoras (Acanthodoras) costatus

This is a shot of my new catfish which was added in the Parachromis managuensis tank. Its heavy armor and the number of formidable spines across its side (forming a "saw"; see top photo) and fins will make it a very strong opponent to the cichlid. Exclusively nocturnal the fish will disappear in the tank immediately and will be seen very rarely (changing places under the bogwood construction). Needs to be fed separately after the lights have gone off for a couple of hours. Its adult length is about 12-14 cm - the fish shown in the pictures is already sized 12 cm. Care must be taken when handling this fish as it will attack your fingers immediately while its grip is a really painful one. It must be said that two weeks after the addition, the P.managuensis has found a good opponent in the face of this catfish. Despite many tries (even when it managed to get the catfish by its tail) the catfish would always turn around and give the managuensis a painful lesson. Of course, the cichlid never gives up. Its mouth and side of head are full of white scars but it keeps on trying. As I was told by Andreas Kamarinos who recommended me this catfish, there is only one way for the managuensis to harm it and this is to turn it upside down and hit on the belly which is far less armored. Now the question is : does the cichlid know ?

Photo by MCH / G. Reclos

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