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Tiger Shovelnose Catfish


Family: Pimelodidae
Species: Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum
Common Name: Tiger Shovelnose Catfish.
Size: Up 51 inches (130cm)
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: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Min Tank Size: At least 125 gallons for young, public aquarium for mature specimens.
Diet: Omnivorous, will readily accept sinking cichlid pellets,catfish pellets,Algae wafers,frozen brine shrimp.
Behavior: Active predator will eat anything it can fit its' mouth on.
Water: Temperature of 72°F to 82°F (22°-28° C) ,pH range: 6.2 7.2; dH range: 2 - 20.
Care: Easy, hardy.
Communities: None, keep alone or in a pair.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for the home aquaria.

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