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Gulper Catfish (Asterophysus batrachus)

$39.99$69.99

With its prehistoric appearance and exaggerated, oversized mouth, the Gulper Catfish is hard to mistake for any other species. A voracious predator, they are amazingly able to consume fish even larger than they are. In the wild, they tend to inhabit deeper stretches of blackwater rivers, and their eyesight is relatively poor – relying instead on their sensitive barbels and sense of smell to find prey. Gulpers are relatively adaptable in the aquarium, but as a scaleless fish can be somewhat sensitive to water quality. Although they can be finicky eaters at first, they will quickly learn to accept frozen, protein rich feeds and even pellets.

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Irwini / Giant Talking Catfish (Megalodoras uranoscopus)

$39.99$359.99

A unique and heavily armored catfish found throughout the Amazon and its tributaries, the Irwin’s Catfish or Giant Raphael Catfish is typically a gentle giant in the aquarium, ignoring most fish and being well protected from even the most aggressive tankmates. In the wild, their diet largely consists of aquatic snails, crustaceans, fruit and vegetation, but they will readily accept almost any sinking food. A great scavenger to help manage leftover food in large cichlid or predatory fish displays, they do grow to a huge adult size and will require a tank of 180 gallons at the bare minimum.

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Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)

$24.99$54.99

A huge armored catfish found throughout many of the larger rivers of South America, the Soldier or Bacu Catfish is a unique scavenging species which feeds on detritus, dead fish, invertebrates, and even fruit in the wild. In the aquarium, they are gentle giants, and are peaceful towards all tankmates. Due to their heavily armored body and large size, they make good tankmates for large cichlids or other large predatory fish but with their huge adult size will require an equally large aquarium or indoor pond to keep.

Flash Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

$99.99$499.99

A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the Juruense or False Tigrinus is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin, where it is a prized food fish. Although juvenile fish tend to be a drab dark gray with some striping, as they grow this fish will develop a striking pattern of black stripes on an off white or occasionally even cream-colored background, extending to the intricately striped tail. The rare and sought after “flash” variant of this species displays very light white or yellow base coloration with an elaborate stripe pattern. These catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

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Giant Bumblebee Catfish (Pseudopimelodus bufonius)

$19.99$39.99

An attractively marked, medium sized catfish, the Giant Bumblebee Catfish (sometimes also called Jello or Jelly Cat) is found throughout the Orinoco and Amazon basins. In the wild, it tends to be found in relatively shallow, slow moving waters – often buried in leaf litter – and is an ambush predator, feeding on small fish, insects, and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they are extremely hardy and undemanding fish, feeding on most sinking prepared foods. Like most catfish, they are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day in hiding so be sure to offer several hiding places.

Ornate Pimelodus Catfish (Pimelodus ornatus)

$44.99

A larger-growing cousin of the popular, well-known Spotted Pictus, the Ornate Pim Catfish is found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries but is uncommon in the hobby. With its distinctive black and white banding, silver base, and striped pattern, they are a beautiful and extremely active fish in the aquarium. With a maximum size of around 12″, they are much more manageable as adult fish than many other large growing catfish seen in the trade. Although they are generally peaceful, tankmates should be chosen with care as they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their mouths.

Ripsaw / Niger Catfish (Oxydoras niger)

$49.99$599.99

A gentle giant found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Ripsaw or Niger Catfish is among the largest South American catfish. With distinctive saw-like scales running down their sides and dark black coloration, they are an impressive show fish but due to their enormous adult size are best suited for large custom aquariums or indoor ponds. In the wild, they use their sensitive barbels to scour sandy or muddy river bottoms for food, which primarily consists of insect larvae, worms, and crustaceans. In the aquarium they will readily accept almost any sinking prepared or frozen foods.

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Crystal-eyed Catfish (Hemibagrus wyckii)

$249.99 $219.99

A large and aggressive river-dwelling catfish found in parts of Thailand, Maylasia, and Indonesia the Crystal Eyed or Wyckii Catfish is a powerful, aggressive species only suitable for very specialized hobbyists. In the wild, they are found in a wide variety of habitats but typically in areas of moderate to fast flow. In the aquarium, they are generally hardy but will do best with some current and plenty of oxygenation. With a maximum size of over 24″ in the wild, these fish require the largest of aquariums or indoor ponds as adults. They are also extremely aggressive towards nearly all other fish as well as with conspecifics, and rarely tolerate any tankmates for long. Their jet black body coloration paired with the striking white highlights on the tail and first dorsal fin ray make this an impressive show fish popular with monster fish keepers.

Sun Catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma)

$8.99

A colorful, medium-growing catfish originating from the waters of Southwestern India, the Sun or Eclipse Cat is an active, social species ideal for larger aquariums. In the wild they are typically found in large groups in areas of slow-moving water, and are extremely hardy and adaptable in aquariums. Although they may eat very small tankmates, they are not particularly predatory and will accept almost any prepared or frozen foods. This species is relatively active for a catfish and can often be found swimming actively around their tanks during the day, especially if kept in a group.

Flying Fox (Epalzerhynchus kalopterum)

$4.49

An active and colorful algae grazer, the Flying Fox is found throughout a wide variety of habitats in Southeast Asia. It is an active, medium-sized social fish that feeds on a variety of common nuisance algae species in the aquarium. They will graze on diatom algae films on glass and decor as well as the difficult to eradicate black hair or black beard algae. Best kept in groups of 6 or more, they are live plant safe and hardy additions to most medium to large community aquariums.

Fisher’s Wood Catfish (Trachelyopterus fisheri)

$19.99

A unique, medium-growing wood catfish found in rivers along Colombia’s Pacific slope, T. fisheri is a hardy, active species ideal for most medium to large community aquariums. Like most woodcats, they are primarily nocturnal, spending most of the day hidden within driftwood or other shelter but this species does tend to spend more time out swimming in the open than other close relatives. Keeping them in a group of 3 or more will encourage more activity in the aquarium. Although they may eat small fish, they are a peaceful fish and make excellent tankmates for medium South or Central American cichlids.

Torpedo Candiru Catfish (Pareiodon microps)

$44.99

An unusual looking parasitic catfish, the Torpedo Candiru Cat or Candiru açu is found throughout much of the Amazon basin. A powerful, active swimmer that is almost always in motion, this species uses its strong sense of smell to seek out larger fish and either burrowing into gill tissue or skin with their highly specialized like mouths. They also feed on dead fish and mammals (including in some cases humans that had drowned), burrowing under skin and hollowing out the body. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.

Blue Dolphin Catfish (Cetopsis coecutiens)

$49.99$59.99

An unsual catfish found throughout most of the Amazon basin, the Blue Dolphin or Torpedo Catfish is a specialized predator/parasite adapted for feeding on larger fish and dead animals in the wild. A powerful, active swimmer, this fish feeds by seeking out large fish and taking substantial bites with their highly specialized “cookie cutter” like mouths. They also feed on dead fish and mammals, burrowing under skin and hollowing out the body. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.

Candiru Dolphin Catfish (Cetopsis candiru)

$119.99

This large, bizarre looking parasitic catfish, the Candiru Dolphin Cat or Candiru açu is found throughout most of the Amazon basin, where it spends most of the day hiding among fallen logs and driftwood. At night, they are powerful, active swimmers, seeking out large fish and taking substantial bites with their highly specialized “cookie cutter” like mouths. They also feed on dead fish and mammals (including in some cases humans that had drowned), burrowing under skin and hollowing out the body. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.

Albino Asian Redtail Catfish (Hemibagrus wyckioides)

$49.99

A large and aggressive river-dwelling catfish found throughout much of Southeast Asia, the Asian Redtail Cat (or ARTC as they are sometimes abbreviated in the hobby) is a powerful predatory species only suitable for very specialized hobbyists. In the wild, they are found in a wide variety of habitats but typically in areas of moderate to fast flow. In the aquarium, they are generally hardy but will do best with some current and plenty of oxygenation. With a maximum size of over 30″ in the wild, these fish require the largest of aquariums or indoor ponds as adults. They are also extremely aggressive towards most other fish, so should only be kept with large, robust, fast-moving tankmates. Albino specimens are uncommon and make striking display fish as they grow.

Mekong Goonch Catfish (Bagarius cf. yarrelli)Out Of Stock

Mekong Goonch Catfish (Bagarius cf. yarrelli)

$124.99$249.99

Among the most fearsome of all freshwater predators, the “Goonch” Catfish of the genus Bagarius have long been sought after by aquarium fish keepers with enormous tanks and a love for monster fish. Several species and variants of Goonch are found throughout the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia, and of these the Mekong or Thai Goonch (B. cf yarrrelli) are among the most suited for aquariums. These fish inhabit powerful rapids along the middle stretches of the river, near the Thai/Laos/Cambodia Borders and are found in almost tropical temperatures ranging from 75-78F, unlike the Highlands Giant Goonch from India which is found in much cooler waters. This species also tends to have the best track record in captivity, and usually thrives in suitably large aquariums with well-oxygenated, clean water and strong current.

Chaca bankanensis Catfish (Chaca bankanensis)Out Of Stock

Chaca bankanensis Catfish (Chaca bankanensis)

$59.99$74.99

This bizarre species of bottom dwelling catfish is a classic ambush predator, closely mimicking the appearance of a dead leaf and lying in wait for prey to swim too close to its cavernous mouth. Generally found in shallow, blackwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia, their diet is primarily made up of smaller fish and insect larvae. In the aquarium, they are hardly an active species but make for a unique addition to any predator tank.

False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)Out Of Stock

False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

$69.99

A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the Juruense or False Tigrinus is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin, where it is a prized food fish. Although juvenile fish tend to be a drab dark gray with some striping, as they grow this fish will develop a striking pattern of black stripes on an off white or occasionally even cream-colored background, extending to the intricately striped tail. There is an enormous amount of variability in this species so it is extremely difficult to predict how young fish will develop as they get older. Juruense Catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

Dorado Catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii)Out Of Stock

Dorado Catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii)

$99.99

Although many large Amazon catfish are known as “Dorado”, this species is among the largest growing and most distinctive. With its uniform metallic silver coloration and torpedo-like hydrodynamic shape, the Dorado is an impressive fish, but one suitable only for enormous custom aquariums or large indoor ponds. In the wild, this fish inhabits deep stretches of turbid, sediment rich rivers and streams, where it relies on its sensitive barbels to find and catch prey. They can be finicky eaters in the aquarium, often requiring live food at first before being weaned on to frozen or prepared diets. Like many of the giant Amazonian catfish, they are sensitive to water quality and will require massive filtration and regular large water changes to thrive. A fish for experienced, specialist aquarium hobbyists with the resources to keep them long term only.

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Blackhawk Catfish (Wallagonia micropogon)Out Of Stock

Blackhawk Catfish (Wallagonia micropogon)

$49.99 $29.99

A recently described and massive growing catfish from the Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia, the Blackhawk Catfish (Wallagonia micropogon) is a large and distinctive predatory species. With its characteristic large mouth and eel-like body, this catfish makes for a unique display fish in a suitably large aquarium. They can be distinguished from their close relatives in the genus Wallago by their solid black dorsal and pectoral fins and distinctive black marbled pattern. Tankmates for this species should be chosen carefully as they will attempt to eat anything that can fit in their surprisingly large mouth. Due to their enormous adult size, this fish is recommended only for experienced hobbyists with the largest aquaria.

Burmese Shovelnose Catfish (Sperata acicularis)Out Of Stock

Burmese Shovelnose Catfish (Sperata acicularis)

$29.99

A large and rarely seen predatory catfish, the Burmese Shovelnose originates from several of the large rivers in Myanmar (Burma), where it is a prized food fish. An active, open water species, they are generally found within the main river channels in their native habitat in fast-moving, well oxygenated water. In the aquarium, similar conditions should be replicated, with regular large water changes to maintain excellent water quality. Although this species feeds largely on live fish in the wild, they will readily accept frozen and prepared foods. Due to their massive adult size, we recommend this fish only to experienced hobbyists with the means to house this large species.

Crocodile Goonch Catfish (Bagarius suchus)Out Of Stock

Crocodile Goonch Catfish (Bagarius suchus)

$139.99

A rare species of the famed Goonch Catfish of Southeast and South Asia, the Crocodile Goonch is found in the rocky rapids of the middle Mekong in Thailand, Laos, and parts of Cambodia. With their elongated body and broad sensory barbels, these catfish are highly adapted to life in the rocky, fast-moving waters they inhabit in the wild. The Crocodile Goonch is among the smaller members of its genus but still reaches a substantial size, approaching 2 feet as adults. In the aquarium, they should be kept in similar conditions to the wild, with clean, well-oxygenated water and strong current. Rocks and other hides should be provided and they will generally do best with low or subdued lighting.

Tabla Barba / Slobbering Catfish (Brachyplatystoma platynemum)Out Of Stock

Tabla Barba / Slobbering Catfish (Brachyplatystoma platynemum)

$119.99

A large, distinctive predatory catfish found throughout much of the middle Amazon, the Slobbering Catfish is also sometimes known as Tabla Barba, a local name for the fish in its native Peru where it is an important food fish. Growing as large as 36″ or more in the wild, this fish is not as active as some of its open-water swimming relatives but still requires an enormous aquarium as an adult. A powerful predator, they can require live foods at first but can usually be weaned onto meaty frozen foods like krill or silversides. They require excellent water quality and will do best with moderate to strong water movement in the aquarium.

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Sturio / Zorro Catfish (Platystomatichthys sturio)

$89.99

One of the more unusual-looking Amazonian Catfish, the Sturio or Zorro Catfish is found in relatively fast-moving, turbid waters in the wild, where it uses its elongated and highly sensitive barbels to find prey. In the aquarium, they require well-oxygenated water and do best with plenty of water movement. Although predatory, they are fairly peaceful towards any tankmates too big to eat.