Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)


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.


Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: An omnivore and scavenger, they will accept most sinking frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 30″
Recommended Tank Size: 300 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful towards most tankmates and unlikely to prey on other fish.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.