Humpback Banjo Catfish (Bunocephalus verrucosus)


An uncommonly imported relative of the more well-known Banjo Catfish, the Humpback Banjo Catfish is a unique, high backed species found throughout parts of the middle Amazon and its tributaries. Like B. coracoideus, it makes an excellent aquarium species due to its peaceful demeanor and small adult size. The Humpback Banjo Catfish inhabits shallow, warm stretches of slow-moving waters and areas of flooded forest in the wild. Their unique body shape and coloration acts as highly effective camouflage in the submerged leaf litter where they are typically found. In the aquarium, this species is hardy and undemanding, although they can be slow to find food and may be outcompeted by fast-moving or aggressive feeding tankmates.


Humpback Banjo Catfish (Bunocephalus verrucosus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Nanay
Diet: Insects and crustaceans. Will take a variety of frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 4″+
Recommended Tank Size: 20 Gallons+
Compatibility: Peaceful and compatible with most tankmates

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