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Megalechis Thoracata V Littorale

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes Megalechis Thoracata V Littorale

This topic contains 14 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 3 years, 2 months ago.

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  • #299766

    Richy
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    I have a pair (not breeding) Littorale in a 4ft tank and my freinds have about 7 thoracata in an 8ft tank.
    They’re fine and very freindly but my male Littorale seems aggresive and attacks me when i hold frozen foods in the tank.
    Has anyone experienced agressiveness in Megalchis species before? Males?
    Do Littorale tend to me more aggressive than Thoracata?
    I know Thoracata don’t seem to mix with Littorale unless I just have a rogue male

    #309999

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    Up until recently I had a pair of M. thoracata in my 7ft, I still have the male and he is always first up when I hold bloodworm in the tank and he makes sure he gets his share before the emperor loaches get in, I wouldn’t say its aggression just happy feeding

    #310000

    Malti
    Participant

    Richy is scared of the fishy

    #310002

    mickthefish
    Participant

    Richy, do you not think it’s trying to break bits of the block with his pectorals,
    if you’ve bred thorocata you’ll know what vicious is mate, mine once the bubble nest was formed would virtually leap out of the water and try to get me with his pectorals, but what a great parent he was so i forgave him.
    my favourite are the pectoralle it’s a sweet little fish and gentle when spawning.

    mick

    #310044

    Richy
    Participant

    MD, no it’s not happy feeding as it’s not even trying to get the food.

    Malti, Shut up! I’m not scared but yes it makes you jump lol

    Mike, nah, it’s making NO attempt at all to get the food. You’d think he was sitting in a catapult and as soon as my hand it in he’s whacked me. Hit me a couple of times when i didnt have any food.
    When it was in my freinds tank it was darting about and juming up and hitting itself on the hood. Honestly, it’s flippin mental
    I’ve seen it shoot from 2ft away and whack me and make a quick dart back for another run up /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” />
    I’m gonna get rid of them, let someone else have them!
    FREE to a good home if anyone wants them!!!

    #310045

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    Sounds like you have a proper nutter there Richy /huh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:huh:” border=”0″ alt=”huh.gif” />

    #310046

    mickthefish
    Participant

    it sounds like you’ve got a right nutter mate.
    ae its pectoral first rays a different colour bud, as besides being a nutter it might just be an oversexed male cos every thing you said about him sounds like a male defending nest or eggs.?
    i’m the same as Mark, i’ve never heard of this before.

    mick

    #310047

    Malti
    Participant

    QUOTE (Richy @ Sep 13 2008, 10:38 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Malti, Shut up! I’m not scared but yes it makes you jump lol

    FREE to a good home if anyone wants them!!!

    I’d take them….oops sorry to far away (thats a small payback for the bns

    #310048

    keith565
    Participant

    i’ve had both types and have to say i found them to be nothing but peaceful. never saw any signs of aggression from any of them. i think he just takes after is owner.

    #310053

    Richy
    Participant

    QUOTE (keith565 @ Sep 14 2008, 09:20 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    i’ve had both types and have to say i found them to be nothing but peaceful. never saw any signs of aggression from any of them. i think he just takes after is owner. /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” /> /tongue.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:p” border=”0″ alt=”tongue.gif” />

    #310056

    hoplo cat
    Participant

    Hi Richy,

    We have been keeping and breeding hoplo type catfish for about nearly 20 years now.

    We nearly have all the hoplo type catfish.

    List of hoplos
    Callichthys callichthys
    Hoplosternum littorale
    Hoplosternum punctatum
    Lepthoplosternum pectorale
    Megalechis picta
    Megalechis thoracata

    and also
    Dianema urostriatum

    We have breed them all apart from the Hoplosternum punctatum and the Dianema urostriatum. They are a future project.

    Are you definitely sure its a Littorale. Do you have any pictures please? Or can you describe the tail shape please?

    It sounds like your male Littorale is wanting to breed, have you tried putting a lid or something that will float in the tank so he can make a bubble nest?

    Vicky. xx

    #310059

    Richy
    Participant

    Hi Vicky, thanks for the reply /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” /> Tail has a slight V shape.
    MALE

    PAIR (untried at breeding)

    It has been mentioned to me that it may be breeding intentions but i’m not in a position to breed them, house the young.
    The other problem is, the tank is this fella’s so it would be pretty unfruitful. He’s over 12″ long now, my little baby

    #310063

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I’ve only kept L. pectorale and Dianema longibarbis but both species were good as gold for me. Seeing the bigger Hoplosternum sp. go nuts at feeding time always put me off them for some reason.

    #310069

    thelizzious
    Member

    QUOTE (Richy @ Sep 14 2008, 02:38 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Hi Vicky, thanks for the reply /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” /> Tail has a slight V shape.
    MALE

    PAIR (untried at breeding)

    It has been mentioned to me that it may be breeding intentions but i’m not in a position to breed them, house the young.
    The other problem is, the tank is this fella’s so it would be pretty unfruitful. He’s over 12″ long now, my little baby

    That looks like quiet a character! I love the beard. If it’s not breeding that brings on this action, could it be something else like a smell or another vibration that ticks him off? Maybe a stupid question, I know, but my goldies know exactly who is feeding them. Just a thought though.

    #310094

    coelacanth
    Participant

    I’ve been given a slap on the hand a few times by male Hoplos of various spp., Megalechis have always been the worst, really takes you by surprise when you are innocently offering them some tasty bloodworm or something only to get mugged!

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