Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)


One of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, the Tiger Shovelnose is an important food fish throughout its range and has been a favorite in the aquarium hobby for decades despite its huge adult size. 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.


Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: A large predator and scavenger in the wild, will eat anything small enough to fit in its mouth. In the aquarium, accepts most frozen and prepared sinking foods.
Adult Size: A truly huge 36″ , wild specimens over 40″ have been recorded
Recommended Tank Size: Realistically only suited for an indoor pond or the largest custom aquariums
Compatibility: Peaceful towards most tankmates large enough to avoid being eaten.

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