All FishesPimelodidaePimelodus

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Scientific NamePimelodus ornatus  Kner, 1858
Common NamesOrnate Pimelodus
Schmuckantennenwels (Germany), Smykkemalle (Denmark)
Type LocalitySuriname; Rio Negro and Cuiabá, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Megalonema rhabdostigma
Pronunciationpim ee LOW duss - or NAT uss
Etymology(Greek)Pimele=Fat + (Greek)odous=teeth. 
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Size 305mm or 12" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationA real show fish and a distinctive member of the genus making it difficult to confuse with others. Has a larger head than most other Pimelodus.
SexingNot known.
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DistributionSouth America: Peru, Surinam, Northern Brazil
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Corintijns (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo, Rupununi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.2
Temperature24.0-25.0°C or 75.2-77°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingAn unfussy omnivore. Most prepared foods are taken and the fish will happily gorge itself on live or frozen foods. Bloodworm induces a feeding frenzy and is good for acclimatizing new, smaller acquisitions. The fish will eat huge amounts in one day, its belly swelling to resemble a marble and can comfortably live off this for up to a week.
FurnitureThese fish will be considerably more active if given lots of cover at the sides of the aquarium that they can dart into when spooked. Floating plants are also a good idea as water current is unimportant.
CompatibilityPeaceful but will eat smaller fishes.
Suggested TankmatesLarger active fish such as tetras, most barbs and gouramis. They can also be kept in groups but do not suffer from being kept singly. Angelfish and other ''graceful'' fish are sometimes bothered by this species' barbels particularly during ''lights-out''.
BreedingUnreported in the aquarium.
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 26 (s. 373) - pp411 [41] - Pl. 6 (fig. 18)
Ros, Wolfgang (2008): Ein Schmuckstück im Aquarium: Der Raubwels Pimelodus ornatus, Aquaristik-Aktuell (4): 54-57.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jul 04 08:39 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)