Spoon Face Whiptail (Planiloricaria cryptodon)

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Remarks: The Spoon Face Whiptail (Planiloricaria cryptodon) is a rare species of catfish from Peru with a very interesting head shape. Though most Whiptails have pointed snouts, sometimes even resembling twigs or branches, these fish have rounded heads. Like other Whiptails, they have long whiskers that help them during feeding and spawning. Their dorsal and caudal fins have long, thin trailers that make for an impressive display. 

There are reports of these fish being aggressive towards fish. One report indicates that they would "hunt" adult Swordtails and attack them in the open water. We have yet to witness this incredible display, but they should not be kept with small fish out of caution. 

Scientific Name: Planiloricaria cryptodon

Common Name: Spoon Face Whiptail

Max Size: 8"

pH: 5.5-8.0

Hardness: Moderate

Temperature: 70-83°

Aggressiveness: Semi-Aggressive

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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