Banded Shovelnose Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)
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Banded Shovelnose Catfish
681 Litres (180 US G.)
63.5-76.2cm (25-30 ")
6.5 - 7.6
23.3-27.8°C (74 -82 °F)
- Banded Shovelnose Catfish, Gold Zebra Pim, Zebra Catfish, Juruense Cat
Additional scientific names
- Ginesia cunaguaro, Platystoma juruense, Zungaro alianza
Origin[edit | edit source]
- South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basin.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- It is not possible to visually sex these fish.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- This is a large nocturnal predator. Is best in a species tank or in a very large tank with fish too large to be eaten or viewed as prey.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Seems to prefer live meaty foods such rosy reds or other feeder fish. Will accept pellets but may take time to convert. Loves live foods but is hard to get onto dried pellets or frozen foods. Will eat any fish that fits in its mouth so be cautious.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed on a daily or every other day basis. Is most likely to feed with the tank lights off.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Prefers a strong current and is often found in somewhat murky water so doesn't rely on vision. Between 23.9-26.7°C (75-80°F) is a recommended temperature for this catfish.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Will sit on the bottom during the day in a tripod stance sitting on its fins. Becomes active during the night since it is a nocturnal feeder.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Usually has a dark body with light bands down the side in a vertical position. Some specimens may have little to no bars visible at all.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )