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Redtail Catfish


Family: Pimelodidae
Species: Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
Common Name: Redtail Catfish
Size: Up to 48 inches (122 cm)
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil, Rio Negro, Venezuela, Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Min Tank Size: 120 gallon for young, public aquarium for adults.
Diet: Carnivore.
Behavior: Predatory.
Water: 68 - 79°F (20 26°C) pH range: 5.8 6.8; dH range: 10
Care: Difficult.
Communities: Cannot be kept with smaller fish.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for the home aquaria.

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