|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pareutropius buffei (Gras, 1961)|
|Common Names||Three Striped African Glass Catfish
Afrikanischer Glaswels (Germany), Afrikansk Glasmal (Sweden), Svalehaleglasmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Bas-Ouémé between Dannou and Adjohon, Benin [Dahomey].|
|Synonym(s)||Eutropiellus buffei, Eutropiellus vanderweyeri, Eutropius buffei|
- CotM 1999 January
|Size||76mm or 3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Most often these catfish are imported and sold as P. debauwi, often leading to an alternative common name of ''debauwi cats''. This isn't accurate however. The true P. debauwi is rarely imported and has several distinguishing features. P. buffei has three body stripes, the lower is broken around the pelvic fins and a stripe or spot on each of the caudal fin lobes. P. debauwi on the other hand has one body stripe and clear caudal fin lobes. These are not very good identification parameters however, as telling the two fish apart requires adult fish. Fish less than 30mm or so in length of both species do not have all of these features, for example often young P. buffei have clear caudal fins and a greatly diminished lower stripe.|
|Sexing||Females are heavier bodied, but this difference is slight and only noticeable in mature specimens.|
|Distribution||Widespread in Nigerian & Cameroon Rivers
African Waters, Cameroon waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.|
|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Slightly soft water is preferred.|
|Feeding||All prepared food, most frozen foods. Flake, bloodworm and brineshrimp are ideal.|
|Furniture||Open swimming space hedged with plants. Not too much light, ideally floating plants will give the best results in terms of settling the fish.|
|Compatibility||A perfect citizen for the small to medium sized community tank. To combat shyness keep this fish in shoals of at least six individuals.|
|Suggested Tankmates||The more active tetras, smaller barbs, rasbora and danios. These fish will also do well with loaches and other active bottom dwellers. To combat shyness keep this fish in shoals of at least six individuals.|
|Breeding||This fish is an egg-scatterer and thus the recommended two females and single male should be removed from the spawning tank immediately after laying eggs. Water temp. for this should be around 76F and the eggs will hatch after 3 days. The young eat freshly hatched brineshrimp and will grow rapidly.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Série 2) v. 32 (no. 5) (1960), pp 406, Fig. 3.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 17 14:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 26 00:00)|