Marbled Pim (Leiarius marmoratus)

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Marbled Pim

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Marbled Pim

Leiarius marmoratus

568 Litres (150 US G.)

63.5-78.7cm (25-31 ")




5.8 - 7.4

20.6-25°C (69 -77 °F)

8-18 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-15 years



Additional names

Achara Catfish, Marbled Pim, Marble Catfish, Marbled Catfish

Additional scientific names

Sciades marmoratus


Difficult to sex visually, females are said to be more heavily set than more slender males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A very large growing fish that will eat anything that fits in its very large mouth. Best kept with similar-sized fish in very large aquaria, such as Oxydoras niger and large Characins or South American Cichlids.


Can be mistaken for Perrunichthys perruno which is far less common than this fish. The fish are identical in terms of colouration although P. perruno has 8 (1 hard and 7 soft) dorsal fin rays, Leiarius has 10 or 11.
The Leiarius is a chunky catfish with a broad head and large mouth with three sets of barbels. It is brown in colour with large darker spots.


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