Lince Catfish (Platynematichthys notatus)


A large, open-water-dwelling predatory catfish found throughout the Amazon and Orinoco Basins, the Lince Catfish is a challenging but unmistakably impressive fish to maintain in an appropriately sized aquarium or pond. Found in fast-moving, well-oxygenated waters in main river channels, they require excellent water quality, high levels of dissolved oxygen, and ideally plenty of water movement. Realistically only a heated pond or enormous custom aquarium can house this species for life. Although generally not aggressive with comparably-sized tankmates, they will attempt to eat fish half their own size or smaller.


Lince Catfish (Platynematichthys notatus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Lower Rio Tapajos near Santarem
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Will accept most frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 30″
Recommended Tank Size: Only the largest custom aquariums or indoor ponds are appropriate to maintain this species
Compatibility: Predatory but generally not aggressive. Will eat anything they can fit in their surprisingly large mouths

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


Shipping Note: Due to their large size and packing requirements, Lince Catfish are not eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air freight when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for more information.