Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish
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Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish, also known as Akysis vespa, a captivating and unique addition to your freshwater aquarium. With its striking orange banded pattern and distinctive appearance, this species adds a touch of exotic beauty to any aquascape. Originating from fast-flowing streams and rivers in Southeast Asia, the Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish is well-suited to aquarium environments with strong water currents and ample oxygenation. Known for its fascinating behavior and active nature, this species is sure to captivate the attention of aquarists of all levels. Bring the beauty of the wild rivers into your aquarium with the Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish.

Care Guide: Providing proper care is essential for the health and well-being of your Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish. Follow this care guide to ensure optimal conditions for your fish:

Aquarium Setup:

  • Provide a well-aerated aquarium with strong water currents resembling its natural habitat.
  • Incorporate rocks, driftwood, and smooth gravel substrate to create hiding spots and mimic its natural environment.
  • Ensure adequate filtration to maintain water quality and oxygenation.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: Maintain water temperature between 68-76°F (20-24°C).
  • pH: Keep pH levels between 6.5-7.5.
  • Water Hardness: Aim for moderate to slightly hard water with a hardness level of 5-15 dGH.


  • Offer a varied diet consisting of high-quality sinking pellets, frozen or live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small crustaceans.
  • Supplement with blanched vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, and spinach.

Behavior and Compatibility:

  • Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish are relatively peaceful but may be territorial towards conspecifics.
  • Keep them in groups of three or more individuals to reduce aggression.
  • Avoid housing with aggressive or overly boisterous tankmates.
  • Max size of 2″


  • Perform regular water changes to maintain water quality and reduce organic waste buildup.
  • Clean the substrate and filter regularly to prevent debris accumulation.
  • Monitor water parameters regularly using test kits and adjust as needed.

Note: Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish are fascinating and active fish that thrive in well-oxygenated aquariums with strong water currents. With their striking appearance and unique behavior, they make a captivating addition to any freshwater aquarium setup. Provide them with a suitable environment and a varied diet, and they will reward you with their charming antics and vibrant colors.

Experience the allure of the Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish in your aquarium today. Order now and bring a touch of the exotic to your aquatic world.


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