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General Body Form:
Scaleless cylindrical cross-sectioned body with soft rayed fins with the exception of the pectoral fin and the Dorsal fin which have hard sharp edges. This Cat has a deeply forked tail along with a rounded anal fin. The cat has 4 underjaw barbels plus one upper-jaw barbel on each side .
Olive-brown to slate-blue on the back and sides, shading to silvery-white on the belly. Typically, numerous small, black spots are present, but may be obscured in large adults . The Albino is more commonly seen for sale .
Can be housed with large Central American cichlids according to planet catfish..but due to it's large size--this writer does not feel it is a proper candidate for the average home aquarium. I have seen them kept quite successfully in large outdoor ponds. Determining the sex of a particular individual channel cat cannot be done. Although the males guard the nest the channel Catfish is very active when young ,becoming far less so as an adult. They are very fond of low to moderate current mimicking the flow of the streams they love to inhabit .
Can be bred on commercial farms but not in the home aquarium . egg layers -the eggs in about a week and the fry remain in the nest for about 1 week. They breed at higher temperatures.
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