Jaguar Candiru Catfish (Pseudostegophilus nemurus)


An ornately patterned parasitic catfish, the Jaguar Candiru (Pseudostegophilus nemurus) is found throughout much of the Amazon basin. This species uses its strong sense of smell to seek out larger fish and feed on their scales and mucus. They are known to remove large chunks from other fish and should be housed with this in mind. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.


Jaguar Candiru Catfish (Pseudostegophilus nemurus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas
Diet: A parasite in nature, feeds only on other fish
Adult Size: 6
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Parasitic on other fish, not recommended with tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm