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White-Spotted Doradid

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Scientific Name:   Agamyxis pectinifrons      
Min. Tank Size:   70 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   70-79°F      
pH:   5.5-7.5/1-20°dGH      
Size:   6"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to the Amazonian community tank; can be kept with Characins, Tetras, Cichlids and other Catfish.

White-Spotted Doradid

Also called the Spotted Talking Catfish, Spotted Raphael Catfish and the Whitebarred Catfish, the White-Spotted Doradid is a species of thorny catfish. This group of catfishes can be identified by a nuchal shield in front of the dorsal fin in addition to a series of thorny lumps along the lateral line. Another unique characteristic of this group of fishes is their ability to produce sound by vibrating their swim bladder. White-Spotted Doradids have dark bodies ornamented with light colored markings which may vary in color and placement from one specimen to another.

Tank Set-up

White-Spotted Doradids are native to the Amazon River basin - they have been found throughout Brazil, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru. Though they can be found in a variety of habitats, White-Spotted Doradids typically inhabit slow-moving waters that provide an abundance of cover in the form of submerged roots and vegetation. These fish prefer dimly lit tanks with sandy substrate and plentiful cover in the form of caves, driftwood and live plants. Though they may eat small fish, this species is typically peaceful and can be kept safely with a variety of Amazonian species.


These fish are omnivorous in nature and will likely eat any food they come across in the tank. Provide these fish with a varied diet of high-qualty sinking pellets or wafers supplemented with plenty of live and frozen foods such as tubifex worms, bloodworms and earthworms. To ensure the best health and coloration of this species feed a varied diet on a regular basis.


There are few reports of successfully breeding White-Spotted Doradids in the home aquarium. The best way to breed these fish may be to artifically induce spawning through the use of hormones.

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