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Aquarium fish catfish: the external signs and conditions of detention

There are about 1200 species of catfishes that are divided into 31 families and 150 genera. Typical external characteristics, distribution, conditions of keeping and feeding of catfish, will be discussed in the article.

Under the name “catfish” joins more than 1200 species of whiskered fish that is distributed into 31 families and 150 genera. Most of them are found in freshwater reservoirs 5 continents, and only 1% of their number are marine inhabitants. Only in the rivers and lakes of South America is home to about 1000 species of catfish.

Representatives of catfishes are very similar in body structure with Cypriniformes. The body of aquarium fish catfish often covered with bony plates, or protected by spikes. However, aquarium fish catfish no scales present, their body is considered naked. Around the mouth there are several pairs of whiskers. Continue reading

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