Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

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Tiger Shovelnose Catfish

Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum

1325 Litres (350 US G.)

100-104 cm (39.4-40.9")




6.0 - 8.0

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

4-30 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, Barred Sorubim, Dorada

Additional scientific names

Silurus fasciatus, Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum fasciatum, Platystoma artedii

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females tend to be thicker-set then males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A very large catfish that will eat any fish smaller than itself. Best in very large tropical set ups with chunky similar sized fish such as large Pacu.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will eat any fish or other prey that will fit in it's mouth. In the aquarium it may be fed earthworms, feeder fish, or shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Only feed when fish is actively searching for food. About every few days.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A very large set up with excellent filtration, a tropical pond over 3785 Litres (1000 US G.) is ideal. Any decor must be very large and very secure.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A predatory catfish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

The body of the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is long and slender and has a beautiful silver colouration. Black stripes and spots cover the entire body, giving this fish a tiger-like appearance. The mouth is adorned with very long whiskers, and is long and flat in shape.

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