Hasselt’s Leaf Catfish (Silurichthys hasseltii)


A rare, cryptic catfish or sheathfish found throughout parts of Southeast Asia, the Haeelt’s Leaf Catfish or Asian Leaf Cat inhabits slow moving stretches of river and blackwater swamps in parts of Java, Peninsular Malaysia, and possibly Singapore. Little is known of their habits in the wild, but they mimic fallen leaves and appear to be primarily nocturnal. In the aquarium, they prefer soft, acidic water and will do best in a setup designed to mimic their wild habitat. A shy species, they will do best with other shy or slow-moving tankmates as they can easily be outcompeted for food by fast or aggressive fish.


Hasselt’s Leaf Catfish (Silurichthys hasseltii)

Origin: Wild Indonesia
Locale: West Java
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will accept most of frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 gallon
Compatibility: Peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm