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Irwini / Giant Talking Catfish (Megalodoras uranoscopus)


A unique and heavily armored catfish found throughout the Amazon and its tributaries, the Irwin’s Catfish or Giant Raphael Catfish is typically a gentle giant in the aquarium, ignoring most fish and being well protected from even the most aggressive tankmates. In the wild, their diet largely consists of aquatic snails, crustaceans, fruit and vegetation, but they will readily accept almost any sinking food. A great scavenger to help manage leftover food in large cichlid or predatory fish displays, they do grow to a huge adult size and will require a tank of 180 gallons at the bare minimum.

Vulture Catfish (Calophysus macropterus)


The Vulture Catfish is a common species throughout much of the Amazon, typically in shallow waters where it often scavenges on discarded fish from fishing boats and villages. Despite its relatively small mouth, it has a powerful bite and is thought to actively attack weak or injured larger fish in nature. In the aquarium, it has a well-deserved reputation for being aggressive and so it should only be kept with hardy, fast-moving tankmates. A powerful swimmer, this fish prefers clear, well-oxygenated water with plenty of current.


Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)


A huge armored catfish found throughout many of the larger rivers of South America, the Soldier or Bacu Catfish is a unique scavenging species which feeds on detritus, dead fish, invertebrates, and even fruit in the wild. In the aquarium, they are gentle giants, and are peaceful towards all tankmates. Due to their heavily armored body and large size, they make good tankmates for large cichlids or other large predatory fish but with their huge adult size will require an equally large aquarium or indoor pond to keep.

Leopard Candiru Catfish (Ituglanis amazonicus)


A beautifully marked member of the pencil catfish family – more commonly known in the Amazon as Candiru – many of which are parasitic in nature, attaching themselves to the inside of the gills or other surfaces of larger fish and feeding on blood. In the aquarium, most of these species will readily adapt to a more conventional diet, and the Leopard Spotted Candiru accepts most sinking frozen or prepared foods. A shy species, they will typically hide during the day and emerge at night to explore and search for food.

Ornate Pimelodus Catfish (Pimelodus ornatus)


A larger-growing cousin of the popular, well-known Spotted Pictus, the Ornate Pim Catfish is found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries but is uncommon in the hobby. With its distinctive black and white banding, silver base, and striped pattern, they are a beautiful and extremely active fish in the aquarium. With a maximum size of around 12″, they are much more manageable as adult fish than many other large growing catfish seen in the trade. Although they are generally peaceful, tankmates should be chosen with care as they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their mouths.

Redtail X Tiger Shovelnose Hybrid Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus X Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)


A manmade hybrid of two of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, the Redtail x Tiger Shovelnose is a somewhat recent addition to the aquarium hobby originally developed by breeders in Asia. Like both of their parent species, these fish 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.

Sun Catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma)


A colorful, medium-growing catfish originating from the waters of Southwestern India, the Sun or Eclipse Cat is an active, social species ideal for larger aquariums. In the wild they are typically found in large groups in areas of slow-moving water, and are extremely hardy and adaptable in aquariums. Although they may eat very small tankmates, they are not particularly predatory and will accept almost any prepared or frozen foods. This species is relatively active for a catfish and can often be found swimming actively around their tanks during the day, especially if kept in a group.

Flying Fox (Epalzerhynchus kalopterum)


An active and colorful algae grazer, the Flying Fox is found throughout a wide variety of habitats in Southeast Asia. It is an active, medium-sized social fish that feeds on a variety of common nuisance algae species in the aquarium. They will graze on diatom algae films on glass and decor as well as the difficult to eradicate black hair or black beard algae. Best kept in groups of 6 or more, they are live plant safe and hardy additions to most medium to large community aquariums.

Albino Hoplo Catfish (Megalechis thoracata)


The attractive albino form of the Spotted Hoplo Catfish is a recent addition to the hobby, although the normal Hoplo Cat has been a favorite for decades due to its unique appearance, active nature, and hardiness. A widespread species throughout much of the Amazon, Spotted Hoplo Catfish inhabit a wide variety of habitat types and are especially hardy due to their ability to breathe atmospheric air when dissolved oxygen levels are low. In the aquarium, they will thrive in a wide variety of conditions and make excellent tankmates for most medium sized fish.


Fisher’s Wood Catfish (Trachelyopterus fisheri)


A unique, medium-growing wood catfish found in rivers along Colombia’s Pacific slope, T. fisheri is a hardy, active species ideal for most medium to large community aquariums. Like most woodcats, they are primarily nocturnal, spending most of the day hidden within driftwood or other shelter but this species does tend to spend more time out swimming in the open than other close relatives. Keeping them in a group of 3 or more will encourage more activity in the aquarium. Although they may eat small fish, they are a peaceful fish and make excellent tankmates for medium South or Central American cichlids.

Candiru Dolphin Catfish (Cetopsis candiru)


This large, bizarre looking parasitic catfish, the Candiru Dolphin Cat or Candiru açu is found throughout most of the Amazon basin, where it spends most of the day hiding among fallen logs and driftwood. At night, they are powerful, active swimmers, seeking out large fish and taking substantial bites with their highly specialized “cookie cutter” 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.

Sailfin Pim (Leiarus pictus)


A large-growing, active, and beautifully marked catfish, The Sailfin Pim or Sailfin Marbled Catfish originates in parts of the Orinoco and the Peruvian Amazon. With their distinctive pattern, huge dorsal fin, and extremely long barbels, they are a beautiful and active fish in the aquarium. With an adult size of around 24″, however, they require a large aquarium or pond as an adult. Tankmates should be chosen with care as they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their huge mouths.

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Gulper Catfish (Asterophysus batrachus)


With its prehistoric appearance and exaggerated, oversized mouth, the Gulper Catfish is hard to mistake for any other species. A voracious predator, they are amazingly able to consume fish even larger than they are. In the wild, they tend to inhabit deeper stretches of blackwater rivers, and their eyesight is relatively poor – relying instead on their sensitive barbels and sense of smell to find prey. Gulpers are relatively adaptable in the aquarium, but as a scaleless fish can be somewhat sensitive to water quality. Although they can be finicky eaters at first, they will quickly learn to accept frozen, protein rich feeds and even pellets.

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Mekong Goonch Catfish (Bagarius cf. yarrelli)


Among the most fearsome of all freshwater predators, the “Goonch” Catfish of the genus Bagarius have long been sought after by aquarium fish keepers with enormous tanks and a love for monster fish. Several species and variants of Goonch are found throughout the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia, and of these the Mekong or Thai Goonch (B. cf yarrrelli) are among the most suited for aquariums. These fish inhabit powerful rapids along the middle stretches of the river, near the Thai/Laos/Cambodia Borders and are found in almost tropical temperatures ranging from 75-78F, unlike the Highlands Giant Goonch from India which is found in much cooler waters. This species also tends to have the best track record in captivity, and usually thrives in suitably large aquariums with well-oxygenated, clean water and strong current.

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Chaca bankanensis Catfish (Chaca bankanensis)


This bizarre species of bottom dwelling catfish is a classic ambush predator, closely mimicking the appearance of a dead leaf and lying in wait for prey to swim too close to its cavernous mouth. Generally found in shallow, blackwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia, their diet is primarily made up of smaller fish and insect larvae. In the aquarium, they are hardly an active species but make for a unique addition to any predator tank.