Tabla Barba / Slobbering Catfish(Brachyplatystoma platynemum)


A large, distinctive predatory catfish found throughout much of the middle Amazon, the Slobbering Catfish is also sometimes known as Tabla Barba, a local name for the fish in its native Peru where it is an important food fish. Growing as large as 36″ or more in the wild, this fish is not as active as some of its open-water swimming relatives but still requires an enormous aquarium as an adult. A powerful predator, they can require live foods at first but can usually be weaned onto meaty frozen foods like krill or silversides. They require excellent water quality and will do best with moderate to strong water movement in the aquarium.



Tabla Barba / Slobbering Catfish (Brachyplatystoma platynemum)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Predator and live fish eater, will typically accept frozen food in the aquarium
Adult Size: 36″
Recommended Tank Size: 300 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful toward large tankmates but will eat any fish small enough to fit in their large mouths

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

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