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The Bumblebee Catfish hails from the lower Mekong river, traversing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with a presence also in Thailand’s Chao Phraya river. This species prefers sluggish streams and tributaries, often seeking refuge among submerged tree roots during the day and emerging at night to feed.

Females typically exhibit a more robust physique compared to males. Male Bumblebee Catfish can be identified by a prominent, elongated genital papilla and more intense light markings on their bodies.

Given its shy and nocturnal nature, providing ample hiding spots such as upturned flowerpots, plastic piping, or driftwood is advisable. While not essential, plants can help reduce light exposure and offer additional cover. If housed alongside similar-sized catfish or in a species group, arranging tank décor to establish distinct territories is recommended. Care should be taken to position the heater in a way that prevents fish from resting under it, as this species lacks scales and is prone to burns.

Although naturally predatory, Bumblebee Catfish typically adapt well to dead foods in captivity, favoring meaty items like prawns, mussels, or earthworms. Many individuals will also accept dried sinking foods. Initially, they may feed primarily at night, but most will adjust to feeding during the day once acclimated. It’s important to avoid feeding mammal meats such as beef heart or chicken, as the fish may struggle to metabolize certain lipids, leading to excess fat deposits and organ degeneration.

Bumblebee Catfish will consume tankmates small enough to be considered food but can coexist peacefully with larger species inhabiting other areas of the tank, such as medium to large-sized cyprinids, characins, and peaceful cichlids. However, they can be territorial, especially towards members of the same species, so adequate hiding places and visual barriers are essential when housing them together.

Species: Pseudomystus siamensis

Common Name: Bumblebee Catfish

Origin: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam

Diet: Omnivorous

pH Range: Prefers slightly acidic water but can tolerate pH levels from 5.8 to 7.8

Temperature: Tropical, between 20-26°C

Breed Type: Egg layer

Current Size: Approximately 5cm (Growing up to approximately 15cm)

Sex: Un-sexed

Bumble Bee Catfish

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