Orinoco Dolphin Cat (Ageneiosus magoi)


A rarely seen and attractively patterned Dolphin or Duckbill catfish of the genus Ageneiosus, the Orinoco Dolphin Cat is known only from the Orinoco and its tributaries in Colombia and Venezuela. This species can be distinguished from others in its genus by its base yellowish coloration and distinctive broken stripes that typically extend to the caudal fin. In the aquarium they are hardy and adaptable, but will do best with plenty of plants or driftwood for cover. While they are peaceful towards similarly sized tankmates they will eat any fish that can fit in their large mouths.



Orinoco Dolphin Cat (Ageneiosus magoi)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Insects and other invertebrates in the wild. Will accept most frozen and prepared sinking foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 50 Gallon
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten but otherwise peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm