Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
 

79F
Explanation of the symbols

68F

Family : Pimelodidae
Origin : Amazone, Venezuela, Guyana
Length : 120 cm - 45"
Min. length aquarium : 500 cm - 200"
English names : Pirarara, Redtail catfish
Because this fish is very large you can keep him only as a juvenile in your aquarium at home.  They only can be kept in a public aquarium or a zoo.  They are large predators, smaller fish are eaten, because they think it is food.  The aquarium should be decorated with stones and driftwood that make caves.  Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  They need a lot of free swimming space.

You should give them live food such as small fish.

Breeding in the aquarium is impossible.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems


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