|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hassar orestis (Steindachner, 1875)|
|Common Names||Black Top Mouse Catfish
|Type Locality||Rio Xingu, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Hassar notospilus, Hemidoras notospilus, Oxydoras orestis|
|Pronunciation||ha sar - oh res tiss|
|Etymology||Hassar: From the Aruac name of the fish.|
|Size||180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The black top mouse catfish is very similar to another mouse catfish, Tenellus leporhinus, the main visual difference being the latter's clear dorsal fin with a black marking at its base. Aside from that T. leporhinus has longer leading fin rays.|
|Sexing||Similar to Corydoras in that females are larger and rounder than the more slender and smaller males. Male has a longer dorsal ray and the female has rounded pelvic fins.|
|Distribution||Widespread in South America (found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela).
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Until acclimatized, the fish appears quite selective and like small foods. Crushed flake or sinking flake-based tablets best for smaller individuals although brineshrimp is taken by species around the 2'' mark. Larger, more settled fish are easier to feed and become very active during feeding.|
|Furniture||Dense vegetation empowers this fish with a much needed sense of confidence in it's surroundings. Caves or dark refuges appear less important.|
|Compatibility||Non aggressive and, as with all Doradids, sociable with its own species. Smaller fish appear to have an innate fear of larger fish and becomes very shy in their presence.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Smaller shoaling tetras and Corydoras are ideal. Dwarf cichlids and smaller labyrinth fish (Gouramis etc) are also suitably gentile. Larger, acclimatized fish will do well in a medium to large community set-up. At any size, best kepts in shoals to ensure greater boldness and health.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 71 (1. Abth.) - pp138  - Pl. 1|
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|Last Update||2016 Nov 06 04:25 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|