Torpedo Candiru Catfish (Pareiodon microps)


An unusual looking parasitic catfish, the Torpedo Candiru Cat or Candiru açu is found throughout much of the Amazon basin. A powerful, active swimmer that is almost always in motion, this species uses its strong sense of smell to seek out larger fish and either burrowing into gill tissue or skin with their highly specialized like mouths. They also feed on dead fish and mammals (including in some cases humans that had drowned), burrowing under skin and hollowing out the body. In the aquarium, they do best in a large tank with plenty of open swimming space and moderate to strong current.


Torpedo Candiru Catfish (Pareiodon microps)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: A parasite in nature, will accept protein rich frozen food in the aquarium
Adult Size: 7
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Although parasitic on large fish, they will usually ignore medium sized active tankmates

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