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Scientific Name Dianema urostriatum  (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1912)
Common Name(s) Flag Tail Porthole Catfish
Flag Tail Hoplo, Flagtail Catfish, Schwielenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Decapogon urostriatum
Pronunciation die ah NEE mah - you row stree at ah
Etymology Dianema: From the Greek di-, meaning two and nema, meaning filament; in reference to the long maxillary barbels. 
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Horizontal black / white alternating stripes on tail fin, the only other member of the genus has a clear caudal fin and is generally smaller.
Sexing Females are more heavily bodied than males.
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Distribution Brazilian rivers, creeks and pools.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Somewhat fussy, this fish should be acclimatized in slightly soft water, pH around 6.0 - 6.5. One settled is much more accommodating.
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Feeding Will take a variety of prepared foods, flake and frozen, for maintenance.
Furniture Caves (rock or pipe), plants are often used as resting places in mid-water.
Compatibility Very docile fish, mid-water swimmer; an ideal larger catfish for the community aquarium.
Breeding Possible. Must feed live foods and run through dry season / wet season cycle. Eggs attached to floating cover, placed in circular grouping similar to Corys with similarly sized eggs. No bubble nest was present at time of spawning.
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References Matto-Grosso Annexo no. 5 - pp15
Registered Keepers (1) daniel60 (k: 3), (2) lordotterby, (3) Barracuda518 (k: 10), (4) icekiki, (5) Walter, (6) hoplo (k: 10), (7) reneb (k: 2), (8) Daragh (k: 5), who also notes: "Feb 08 from I Fuller at Coxwell Aquatics in Telford.", (9) Suckermouth (k: 2), (10) Bartman, (11) PhiltheNelson, (12) jollysue (k: 6), (13) MatsP (k: 6), who also notes: "Got a group of 5 from Aqualife. Because one looked a bit "weird", they found a single specimen from another tank and added as "spare". ", (14) djinn75, (15) SoCalDiscus, (16) tcmfish (k: 3), (17) panaque (k: 3), (18) Kampfer, (19) mgamer20o0, (20) Cory_lover (k: 3), (21) naturalart (k: 3), who also notes: "This is an excellent fish. Mine ate just about anything. I wouldn't get them too excited thought. They can be lighting quick!", (22) Madding, who also notes: "Enjoys sitting perched high in the tank for long periods of time. Gets along with my Hoplo cat, but is more shy overall.", (23) markhinch, (24) syno321, (25) Donald (k: 9), (26) Harry94 (k: 2), (27) arapaimag (k: 3), (28) snowball (k: 4), (29) Dee (k: 2), (30) Bas Pels (p: 2, k: 2), (31) flipperfeet, (32) Akronsbiggest (k: 4), (33) Jass, (34) wardtimothy, (35) redwood (k: 8), (36) miguel mitchel, (37) Csababá (p: 2), (38) GreenSynoMan, (39) kvnbyl (k: 3), (40) benma (k: 3), (41) cowturtle.

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Breeding Reports (1) snowball (b: 16).
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Notes on a spawning of Dianema urostriata
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 16:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)