Leporacanthicus: Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, akantha = thorn
Leporacanthicus triactis is territorial but generally quite peaceful except with fish of a similar appearance, they can be kept together in a group if the tank is large enough to provide all the fish with a territory. Leporacanthicus triactis produces a lot of waste yet it requires clean well oxygenated water so an efficient filter system preferably with a spray bar is highly recommended. The colour of Leporacanthicus triactis is variable and they can be black, brown or grey.
Leporacanthicus triactis is an omnivore with a preference for vegetable matter. Use sliced cucumber, skinless processed peas, lettuce, blanched spinach supplemented with algae wafers, catfish pellets and the occasional live or frozen food such as blood worms.
Adult males have a longer and broader head.
Leporacanthicus triactis is a cave spawner which uses tunnels in the river bank in the wild. It has not yet been bred in captivity.
The wild status of Leporacanthicus triactis has not been evaluated. All fish offered for sale have been caught from the wild.
pH: 6 - 7.6
Temperature: 24 - 27°C (75 - 80°F)
Size: 25cm (10in)
Min tank size: 450 litres
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Bottom, on objects.
Origin: South America: Upper Orinoco River basin in Colombia and Venezuela
Habitat: Fast flowing water with rocks and wood.
Species: L. triactis Isbrücker & , Nijssen & Nico
Three Beacon Plec, L091