Dwarf Anchor Catfish
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Dwarf Anchor Catfish, also known as Hara Jerdoni, a fascinating and unique addition to your freshwater aquarium. With its compact size and distinctive appearance, this diminutive catfish adds a touch of charm and intrigue to any aquascape. Originating from the rivers and streams of India, the Dwarf Anchor Catfish is prized for its peaceful demeanor and efficient scavenging abilities. Perfect for aquarists of all levels, these catfish thrive in community tanks and help maintain a clean and balanced ecosystem. Elevate your aquatic experience with the Dwarf Anchor Catfish today.

Care Guide: Follow these care guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of your Dwarf Anchor Catfish:

Aquarium Setup:

  • Provide a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and caves for the Dwarf Anchor Catfish to explore.
  • Use fine sand or smooth gravel substrate to mimic their natural habitat and prevent injury to their delicate barbels.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: Maintain water temperature between 72-78°F (22-26°C).
  • pH Level: Keep the pH level between 6.5-7.5.
  • Water Hardness: Aim for moderate hardness with a range of 5-15 dGH.


  • Dwarf Anchor Catfish are omnivores and will accept a variety of foods.
  • Offer them a balanced diet consisting of sinking pellets, flakes, and frozen or live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
  • Supplement their diet with algae wafers or blanched vegetables such as zucchini or cucumber.

Behavior and Compatibility:

  • Dwarf Anchor Catfish are peaceful and social fish that should be kept in groups of three or more individuals.
  • They are compatible with a wide range of peaceful tankmates, including small to medium-sized community fish and invertebrates.
  • Avoid housing them with aggressive or fin-nipping species.


  • Perform regular water changes of 10-20% every week to maintain water quality and remove debris.
  • Use a gentle aquarium sponge or brush to clean algae growth from tank surfaces.
  • Monitor water parameters regularly using test kits and adjust as needed.


  • Breeding Dwarf Anchor Catfish in captivity is challenging and rarely achieved.
  • Provide them with optimal water conditions and a varied diet to encourage spawning.
  • Consider setting up a separate breeding tank with plenty of hiding spots and dim lighting for egg deposition.

Note: Dwarf Anchor Catfish are a delightful and fascinating species that bring personality and character to any freshwater aquarium. With their peaceful nature and efficient scavenging abilities, they are a valuable addition to community tanks. Provide them with a well-maintained environment and a varied diet, and they will reward you with their unique charm and beauty.



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