Crevice cave for L catfish such as L034, L082, L168
A cave shape copied from nature – like a narrow crevice in the rock, with an opening at the back for good water flow and as an escape route.
L82 in crevice cave
The natural habitats of our catfish offer many different structures to which the various species have adapted. For example, there are some L catfish species that live between stones in narrow rock crevices and also reproduce there.
For a long time it was difficult to reproduce such species in the aquarium, and trial and error with different types of caves is the daily bread of many ambitious aquarists.
At least for some species we can now offer an adequate solution with our crevice cave.
Modelled on a crevice
The pocket-like shape is modelled by hand, so that no cave is exactly like another. The differences in height within the cave are deliberately designed so that the catfish can choose the spot that suits them best.
In our experience, some species such as L168, L082 and Ancistrus ranunculus L034 prefer crevice caves to other types of cave.
This catfish cave is of course also suitable as a hiding place for almost all other L catfish that still fit into a cave of about 20 cm. We are happy to manufacture larger or longer versions as required.
We use stoneware clay for the production of our clay articles, which can be fired to a high temperature and contains a varying proportion of fireclay depending on the product.
On the one hand, this makes our caves very stable and durable. On the other hand, the surfaces are never completely smooth, which provides an excellent basis for surface growth, which in turn is very readily grazed by the catfish.
Size approx. 11 x 20 x 1,5-3 cm (depth x length x height)
with opening at the back (right or left depending on the stock)