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


Females tend to be thicker-set then males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.


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]

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

Environment specifics[edit]

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.


A predatory catfish.


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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