Redtail Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)


One of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, Redtail Catfish is a true monster fish and will reach a truly massive size in a relatively short time. In the aquarium, they are fairly easy to care for but keep in mind they will attempt to eat anything they can fit in their surprisingly large mouths. Juvenile fish grow extremely quickly so to realistically keep these fish long term a massive aquarium or ideally an indoor pond is necessary.


Redtail Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Fish eater and predator. Will eat any fish small enough to fit in its large mouth
Adult Size: 60″
Recommended Tank Size: Only suitable for the largest home aquariums or, ideally, indoor ponds
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten and can be territorial, especially towards similar species

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.