Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
Psuedoplatystoma fasciatum

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

18" +

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon

Color

Black, Brown, White

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

Soft (3 to 12 dGH), and slightly acidic (6.5 to 7.5 pH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is an Amazonian catfish, highly desirable for the dedicated aquarist. This species reaches a length of 4 feet and a weight of well over 60 pounds. They can be social, as keeping a pair helps to keep them active. Although they will investigate activity outside their tank, this catfish is known to be rather skiddish.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Soft (3 to 12 dGH), and slightly acidic (6.5 to 7.2 pH)

Aquarium Diet: Feeder goldfish, earthworms, krill, beef heart, spirulina / brine shrimp (while at juvenile size)