Spotted Flathead Catfish (Platysilurus mucosus)


A rare, smaller growing predatory catfish from the Amazon, the Flathead Spotted Catfish is found throughout much of the middle Amazon, where it inhabits murky, fast moving waters. In the trade it is often mislabeled as P. malarmo, which is only known from Venezuela. With a maximum reported size of around 8-10″, this fish is much more suitable for the aquarium than some of its larger relatives.


Spotted Flathead Catfish (Platysilurus mucosus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Will accept sinking frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 8″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons
Compatibility: Predatory towards any fish small enough to be eaten but otherwise peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm