Asian Stone Catfish
Author : Efrain Silva
The Asian Stone Catfish is one type of Catfish you want to remember — it is really a special onein so many ways.
It comes in a very small size (only 3 - 4 cm long), most often, and is yellowish - brown with gold, and small hints of black ; its body is known to be very thin as well. Its mottled brown patterning cannot be missed and helps you distinguish it more easily from others.
How They’re Known
These fish call themselves the Erethistes jerdoni. That was their very first name, and it holds as their scientific descriptor.
You will see that name across any placard where they may be sold or even shown in public aquariums, zoos or even pet stores, respectively. They also answer to these names below :
- Anchor Catfish
- Asian Moth Catfish
- Asian Stone Cat (as opposed to the more common name of Asian Stone Catfish)
- Dwarf Anchor Catfish
- Dwarf Moth Catfish
- Mini - Moth Catfish
These fish also like to be known as Hara jerdoni, which is an additional scientific name given to them.
When they’re babies, and in their first few weeks of life, it’s best to feed these guys with some infusoria : After those first few weeks, baby brine shrimp is the ideal meal to follow up with, and these guys will be quite grateful to feast on some of that. When it’s fully grown, it can have pellet foods, live foods, or even flake foods, to take note. But get through those early stages first.
Good “Roommates” for Them
What makes a good roommate to us, as humans, may also apply, in this case. And what do I mean, exactly? Check out what I’m about to explain next….
This fish is known to live best with other fish of its exact kind, given its quiet, timid nature and its very small size : It is best not to mix it with other species or ‘experiment’ with similar breeds, even. This fish is not only shy but likewise nocturnal. It enjoys both its privacy and its daytime sleep.
It does not thrive best in groups but alone — if placing it in a group, make it a very small group of no more than 3 (and these others should ideally be Asian Stone Catfish as well). These fish often thrive on privacy and the ability to hide quickly, when needed, so having several tank mates might not be the greatest idea.
Other Short Facts to Keep in Mind
This fish, shy and analytical as it is (true and intelligent introversion being at the heart of its core nature), is one of the quickest to be able to change its own color. Why? Well, let’s say it needs to blend in to save its own life.
It can adapt to multiple colors and textures rapidly and easily, almost thoughtlessly, when it’s truly needed, making for one heck of a great secret agent fish! Buy this type of fish today.