Megalechis thoracata common name port hoplo catfish.
They can grow up to 15 cm / 6 inches fully grown. They are best kept in water parameters of Ph range 6.0-8.0, temperatures of 23- 28 Celsius / 73-82 °F.
The hoplo cats can be kept on there own or in small groups. On there own they can hide a lot so in smaller groups can be better to bring them out, as they are a playful catfish. As they are a cat fish, they like to hide a lot and usually just come out for food, So providing them with hiding places is good for them. Its not so good for you as you may not see them a lot.
They are not aggressive but mixing them with medium to larger size fish is better, as if they are hungry they can try and eat smaller fish.
They are a bottom feeding and dwelling fish, so feeding them sinking food is best. Catfish pellets or sinking granular foods, also a treat of frozen or live foods always good for them.
Hoplo catfish are bottom feeding fish, so feeding them sinking food is best.
Feed them with live and frozen foods as they do like need meat in there diet.
As they are nocturnal like most cat fish some people choice to feed them when they switch the lights off. But as they do like to hide most people choice feed them when the lights are on so they can actually see the hoplo catfish and watch them feed.
The hoplo cat only needs feeding once a day at the most.
The best food for the hoplo catfish are