Common name: Common whiptail catfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 11 – 12 cm (4.33 – 4.72 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 – 7.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 – 17°N (89.29 – 303.57ppm)
Recommended temperature: 20 – 25 °C (68 – 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Common whiptail catfish will accept most foods, they do exceptionally well on a diet of sinking pellets, blood worms, lettuce, and cucumber. They will even accept meaty foods like beef heart and most live and frozen foods.
South America; Common whiptail catfish are to be found in the Paraguay River Basins
Rineloricaria parva are difficult to sex but when looking at the cheeks through a magnifying glass the males will possess a saw like edging in this region.
As of yet there are no reported cases of these breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Rineloricaria parva is 5-8 years.
If kept with peaceful tank mates, they will make a good addition to a community tank. Provide them with hiding places in the form of pvc piping, this will give them the opportunity to hide away in the daytime and become more active after lights out.