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Shovelnose Catfish


Family: Pimelodidae
Species: Sorubim lima
Common Name: Shovelnose Catfish.
Size: Up 21 inches (54 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: Amazon, Orinoco, Paraná and Parnaíba River basins.
Min Tank Size: At least 125 gallons for young, public aquarium for mature specimens.
Diet: Omnivorous, prefers live but may accept sinking cichlid pellets,catfish pellets,Algae wafers,frozen brine shrimp.
Behavior: Active predator, will eat anything it can fit into its' mouth.
Water: Temperature of 73°F to 86°F (23°-30° C) ,pH range: 6.5 – 7.8; dH range: 2 - 20.
Care: Easy, hardy.
Communities: Very large cichlids and catfish or keep alone or in a small group.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for most home aquaria.

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