Peruvian Whiptail Catfish (Sturisoma nigrirostrum)


A peaceful, medium growing and uniquely shaped Loricariid, the Peruvian Whiptail is a unique oddball fish that is available seasonally in the hobby. They are an effective algae grazer, mostly live plant safe, and will live peacefully with nearly all tankmates, making them a unique addition to a medium to large community aquarium. In the wild, they are usually found on and around driftwood piles and will benefit from driftwood as well as live or artificial plants to provide cover. They should be fed regularly with a sinking herbivore diet or fresh veggies and will supplement this diet by grazing on nuisance algae on glass and decor in the aquarium.


Peruvian Whiptail Catfish (Sturisoma nigrirostrum)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas
Diet: Algae, biofilm, detritus and insects. Will accept most prepared and gel diets for omnivores in the aquarium
Adult Size: 8.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful towards almost all tankmates.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-78F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm