Goeldi's Pimelodid (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum)

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Goeldi's Pimelodid

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Goeldi's Pimelodid

Brachyplatystoma filamentosum

2461 Litres (650 US G.)

254-304.8cm (100-120 ")




6.5 - 7.5

22.8-26.7°C (73 -80 °F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

12-25 years



Additional names

Goeldi's Pimelodid, Kumakuma, Piraiba

Additional scientific names

Brachyplatystoma goeldii, Pimelodus filamentosus, Piratinga piraaiba, Platystoma affine, Platystoma gigas, Sorubimichthys gigas


South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and major rivers of the Guianas and northeastern Brazil. Reported from Argentina


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A very large fish that should either be kept with similar sized fish (which, once this fish is full size, is hard to find) or in a large species tank only


This fish has an enormous appetite and will accept most foods, large wild fish have even been found to have parts of monkeys in their stomach! It will eat any tank mates that can fit in it's surprisingly large mouth.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This is an exceptionally large fish and needs exceptionally large surroundings to match! A final tank size should not be any less than 10ft in length. A build of an indoor tropical pond is ideal for this fish, provided it can not jump out.


A large predatory catfish.


A large catfish with a broad head and mouth and three pairs of long barbels. The body is a very pale silver with dark patches on the upper half of the body. The belly is white. The caudal fin is forked with long fin extensions, all fins are a very pale grey/white in colour, with the caudal fin sharing the darker patches. As it matures it gets a darker grey in colour while the belly stays pale.


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