″Capitan″ Pencil Catfish


An unusual and rarely imported eel-like catfish, the ″Capitan″ Pencil Catfish originates from the waters of the Rio San Juan in the Choco region of Colombia. Part of a fairly diverse family of similar-looking catfish (Trichomycteridae) found throughout most of South America, this particular species is peaceful and active, and appears to prefer living in loose schools. A voracious omnivore, they will accept any frozen or prepared foods offered. Their name comes from the local name for this group of fish ″Capitan″ (captain), and what they called by the supplier upon import.



″Capitan″ Pencil Catfish (Trichomycterus sp.)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio San Juan, Choco Department
Diet: Insects and crustaceans. Will take a variety of frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 6″+
Recommended Tank Size: 30 Gallons+
Compatibility: Relatively peaceful and compatible with most tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm