False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)


A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the Juruense or False Tigrinus is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin, where it is a prized food fish. Although juvenile fish tend to be a drab dark gray with some striping, as they grow this fish will develop a striking pattern of black stripes on an off white or occasionally even cream-colored background, extending to the intricately striped tail. There is an enormous amount of variability in this species so it is extremely difficult to predict how young fish will develop as they get older. Juruense Catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

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False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Predator – prefers live food fish or insects but can be weaned onto frozen/prepared fish with time
Adult Size: 20″
Recommended Tank Size: 150+ gallons
Compatibility: A predator but generally non aggressive with fish too large to be eaten. Tankmates should be chosen carefully so that they will not nip at the this catfishes’ delicate fins or long caudal streamer

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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