Bolt Catfish (Aguarunichthys torosus)


The Bolt Catfish or Jelly Band Catfish is a beautifully marked, active swimming fish known from the middle and upper Amazon and its tributaries in Peru and Ecuador. A resident of open, typically fast-moving waters in the wild, this catfish spends much of its time swimming actively and exploring its surroundings searching out prey with its long sensitive barbels. An aggressive and somewhat territorial fish, the Bolt Catfish will harass and attack conspecifics and similar-looking fish, especially catfish but will generally leave other fast tankmates too large to be eaten alone. As an adult, this fish will require a sizeable aquarium with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current but makes for a unique display fish due to its active nature and attractive purple, yellow, and silver coloration.



Bolt Catfish (Aguarunichthys torosus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Insects and smaller fish. Will accept most frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium.
Adult Size: 12″+
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons+
Compatibility: Fairly aggressive, especially towards other catfish. Tankmates should be chosen with care.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm