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Leopard Candiru Catfish (Ituglanis amazonicus)Notify Me

Leopard Candiru Catfish (Ituglanis amazonicus)

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A beautifully marked member of the pencil catfish family – more commonly known in the Amazon as Candiru – many of which are parasitic in nature, attaching themselves to the inside of the gills or other surfaces of larger fish and feeding on blood. In the aquarium, most of these species will readily adapt to a more conventional diet, and the Leopard Spotted Candiru accepts most sinking frozen or prepared foods. A shy species, they will typically hide during the day and emerge at night to explore and search for food.

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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.

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Blue Dolphin Catfish (Cetopsis coecutiens)

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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.

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Sleeper Dolphin Catfish (Cetopsis cf. parma)

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An unsual catfish found in some Western Amazon tributaries, the Sleeper Dolphin Catfish is a specialized predator/parasite adapted for feeding on larger fish and dead animals in the wild. Their common name comes from the local name for the fish, “dormilon”, which reflects their nocturnal nature. Less of a predator than some relatives, they will readily accept prepared foods in the aquarium and tend to ignore tankmates too large to be eaten.

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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.

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Jaguar Candiru Catfish (Pseudostegophilus nemurus)

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An ornately patterned parasitic catfish, the Jaguar Candiru (Pseudostegophilus nemurus) is found throughout much of the Amazon basin. This species uses its strong sense of smell to seek out larger fish and feed on their scales and mucus. They are known to remove large chunks from other fish and should be housed with this in mind. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.