Megalechis thoracata or picta?

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Megalechis thoracata or picta?

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Unlabeled Megalechis popped up today at the shop so I snatched it up. Initially thought it was Megalechis thoracata but now that its settled I'm unsure. Theres definitely a band on the tail. Hes getting dewormed rn so pics not the best. Anyone familiar with this genus want to weigh in on his body condition? He seems a bit thin to me but that's compared to my hoplosternum littorale.
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I would say Megalechis picta, the tail bar becomes stronger as they settle and grow.

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Re: Megalechis thoracata or picta?

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Thank you, I was fairly confident it was picta and hes gotten even bolder since hes been in the tank. Gotta go grab the rest of em out of their feeder tank I suppose. Any reason I cant mix em with my hoplosternum after QT?
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No, they are bigger/more robust, but still more or less a good mix.

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