Ripsaw Catfish
Oxydoras niger

Care Level

Medium

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

18 +

Minimum Tank Size

300

Color

Black, Brown

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Neutral (6.2 to 7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 65 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Ripsaw Catfish (Oxydoras niger) is a large, South American Catfish that occupies various regions within the Amazonian River system. The Ripsaw Catfish will reach a length of three feet, featuring a unique set of scutes that run horizontally along the lateral line. Being a large South American Catfish, ample filtration should be provided. The Ripsaw Catfish should be kept, minimally, in a tank size of 150 gallons.

Aquarium Diet: Insects, Snails, Ghost Shrimp, Omnivore Pellet, Vegetative Matter

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Compatibility: The Ripsaw Catfish (Oxydoras niger) are typically compatible with Shovelnose Catfish, Redtail Catfish, Silver Dollar, Pacu, Severum, and Oscar


Ripsaw Catfish Photo Gallery

Author: Grant Stevens