Peru Piraiba Catfish (Brachyplatystoma capapretum)


One of the largest of the Amazon giant catfish, the Piraiba (or Salton, as it is known in Peru) is an important food fish throughout much of its range, which extends from the headwaters of the Amazon in the Andes to its mouth at the far Eastern edge of Brazil. Known to undertake massive migrations to spawn, this open water predator is typically found in murky, fast-moving waters in main river channels and due to its huge adult size and active nature is only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or indoor ponds.

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Peru Piraiba Catfish (Brachyplatystoma capapretum)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Fish eater and predator. Will eat any fish small enough to fit in its large mouth
Adult Size: 60″+
Recommended Tank Size: Only suitable for the largest home aquariums or, ideally, indoor ponds
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten and can be territorial, especially towards similar species

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping very large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.