‘Gi­ant’ cat

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Tropical -

Sev­eral Hy­pop­topoma species have been im­ported from time to time, al­though none are aquar­ium shop reg­u­lars. That’s a shame, be­cause th­ese are quite neat fish well worth keep­ing.

Hy­pop­topoma gu­lare, for ex­am­ple, is known as the Gi­ant Otocin­clus, with an adult size of over 10cm. While many as­pects of their care re­sem­ble those of typ­i­cal Otocin­clus, they dif­fer in terms of re­pro­duc­tion. While Otocin­clus sim­ply scatter their eggs and hope for the best, male Hy­pop­topoma look af­ter the eggs and fry, just like An­cistrus. This means the males can be quite ter­ri­to­rial and ag­gres­sive, so while groups of Hy­pop­topoma work well in large enough tanks, do not over­crowd them.

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