Our animals

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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

The flooded rainforest

Arowana

The interesting species of the river

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River life

The plants in the river

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Elegant paradise fish

Elegant paradise fish

Long-snouted pipefish

Long-snouted pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Short-tail freshwater pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Opossum pipefish

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Cherry barb

Cherry barb

Threadfin rainbowfish

Threadfin rainbowfish

Mimic oto

Mimic oto

Long-tailed sturisoma

Long-tailed sturisoma

Tiger limia

Tiger limia

Spotted hoplo catfish

Spotted hoplo catfish

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Spotted hoplo catfish

Spotted hoplo catfish

Facts

LatinMegalechis thoracata
Size14 cm
FoodCrustaceans, insect larvae , etc.
HabitatRivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationNorthern part of South America.
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Builds nests of bubbles

The spotted hoplo catfish builds bubble nests on the surface of the water. The male builds the nest using mouth secretion and plant debris. When the female lays her eggs, the male fertilises them.

The young are well cared for

The male spotted hoplo catfish cares for both the eggs and the young. He can be very aggressive – even attacking our aquarists when they jump into the water to clean the aquarium.

Albino

Albinism is a defect in the enzyme tyrosinase, which causes the fish to lack the pigment melanin. You can see albinos in the aquarium here. They are very bright (almost white) and the pink shade they have on the body and in the eyes is the blood that you can see through the skin.


River deep

Armored predators

Conservation of species

California kingsnake

River pool

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi