Tiger Shovelnose Catfish "Psuedoplatystoma fasciatum"

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

18" +

Minimum 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

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)