Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus)

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Shovelnose Sturgeon

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Shovelnose Sturgeon

Scaphirhynchus platorynchus

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

39-95 cm (15.4-37.4")




6.5 - 7.5

16 -23 °C (60.8-73.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

20-43 years



Additional names

Shovelnose Sturgeon, Sand Sturgeon

Additional scientific names

Accipenser platorynchus

Origin[edit | edit source]

A North American species of Sturgeon found in the bottom of main channels and embayments of large turbid rivers; frequently in flowing water over sand and mixed with gravel and mud.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large bottom dweller that should not be kept with small companions as they are likely to be eaten.

Diet[edit | edit source]

They feed on the bottom, so you should give them special sturgeon diets or large pellets meant for large predatory fish.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish grow too large for an aquarium and are strictly pond fish. They should not be considered for a pond anything less than 3785 Litres (1000 US G.), over 7571 Litres (2000 US G.) is better.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This fish is considered an endangered species and therefore is restricted in terms of international trade.[1]

Pictures[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. CITES II since 01/04/98

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