Aspidoras spilotusis an ideal bottom dweller for peaceful, softwater aquaria. The substrate should consist of soft sand in order to protect the delicate sensory barbels, with plenty of shady hiding spots provided amongst tangles of driftwood. Peat filtration and leaf litter will both help to acidify the water whilst giving it a natural tea-coloured appearance with the tannins that are released. Whilst plants are not a big feature of this species' natural habitat, they may make the aquarium more aesthetically pleasing.A. spilotusis a highly sociable species and must be kept in groups of 5 or more (10+ is better). The aquarium should be well mature before this species is added and frequent partial water changes are a must, as they can be rather sensitive to elevated nitrate levels. Large shoals of small midwater "˜dither fish' will encourage these fish out into view.A. spilotushave quite a variable pattern and are capable of minor colour change depending on the colour of the substrate they are resting on.Aspidorasare closely related to the popular aquarium catfishCorydoras. The family Callichthyidae (armoured catfish) is comprised of 2 sub-families: Callichthyinae and Corydoradinae. The genusAspidorassits within Corydoradinae, along with the generaBrochis,Corydoras, andScleromystax. Catfish from theAspidorasgenus are typically slightly larger than dwarf species ofCorydoras(such asC. pygmaeus) but they are more elongate, less bulky, and have smaller eyes.Aspidorasalso have a smaller head compared to that ofCorydoras; indeed,Aspidoraspossess a dual fontanel bone structure in the skull, in contrast to only one much larger fontanel inCorydoras. These catfish have the ability to breathe air intestinally, so a small gap should be left between the surface of the water and the cover slides in order for the fish to come up to the surface and take air in. They may do this numerous times per day. Often seen on sale labelled simply as C125.
Sinking catfish pellets/granules/tablets, flake, and frozen foods such as bloodworm, white mosquito larvae, daphnia, vitamin-enriched brineshrimp etc.