Chameleon Whiptail "Peru" (Pseudohemiodon aff. apithanos)

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Remarks: The Chameleon Whiptail (Pseudohemiodon aff. apithanos) is perhaps the most sought after whiptail available today. Due to their unique ability to rapidly change colors when disturbed or placed over different substrate, they are the most striking of whiptail catfish. While "true" P. apithanos come from Colombia and have mottling across their body, the Peruvian exports are smaller and have highly contrasting white and black bodies. Long filaments extend from the tips of the caudal fin. They have many whiskers around the mouth, which are used to locate food in the sand. As a defense mechanism, they will quickly bury themselves under the sand, leaving only their eyes visible. 

Scientific Name: Pseudohemiodon aff. apithanos

Common Name: Chameleon Whiptail "Peru"

Max Size: 7"

pH: 5.5-8.0

Hardness: Moderate

Temperature: 70-83°

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Region of Origin: South America

Captive Bred or Wild: Wild

Diet: Frozen or live meats, occasional vegetables

Compatibility: Plecos, catfish, schooling fish, livebearers, rainbowfish.

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$119.99

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