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Shovelnose Catfish for Sale
A Catfish from the Amazon Rainforest
     
Shovelnose Catfish for sale
     
A Tiger Shovelnose Catfish for sale in our online store was resting on some rocks, when one of us snapped this picture.
     
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6176 Tiger Shovelnose Catfish for sale
Tiger Shovelnose Catfish for sale
 
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Shovelnose Catfish

 
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Grows to be very large.
 
 
       
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Red Tail 
Shovelnose
Catfish
 
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Maximum size: Can grow to be at least 18" long and will most any fish that fits into its mouth.
 
Scientific name: this is a hybrid of the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, just above, and the Redtail Catfish, just below.
It amazes just about everyone that these two species can interbreed.
 
 
       
6179 Redtail Catfish for sale
South American Redtail Catfish at AquariumFish.net
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South American
Redtail Catfish
 
Pictures: taken by us of our fish in our aquarium. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
Maximum size: Can grow to be over 40" long!!
 
Scientific name:
Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
 
 
       
6180 South american Red Tail Catfish, about 3" to 3.5" long. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture.
South American Redtail Catfish at AquariumFish.net
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Pictures: taken by us of our fish in our aquarium. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
Maximum Size: Warning these guys grow fish and can grow to be over 40" long!!
 
Scientific name:
Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
 
 
       

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Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Fish like this in any of the live fish stores or the online stores that we visit. These Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen. Click here to learn more about Premium Pet Fish.

Origin: This Catfish was caught in the Amazon, and it ranges throughout South America.

Maximum Size: This Catfish can grow to be over 18" long, including their tails. Sometimes very old females are longer.

Behaviors: They will usually move around pretty actively during the day, but some of them seem to hide during the day and become more active at night. But if there is food to be eaten, they become very active looking for it. They'll also eat fish small enough fit into their mouths.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include any fish that they cannot swallow. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: They live well from about 78 to 82 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 78 degrees F. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when very small and small Premium Pellet Food when larger. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.

Water Conditions: This Catfish seems to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 6.5 with moderate hardness is best. Most water in the US is different but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water. Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 40-gallon tank, when they're less than 3" long, but a bigger aquarium is always better. Allow at least 5-gallons of water for each Catfish under 3" long. They'll eat a huge amount of food and grow very fast. At about 3" they should be moved into a 60-gallon aquarium. Eventually they'll need a much bigger aquarium.

Decor: These Catfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel. Pieces of aquarium-safe driftwood are also nice.

Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. But these guys will often bulldoze plants, and so plants are rarely seen in aquariums with this fish.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 350B in an aquarium with 40-gallons of water is OK to start with a few of these Catfish that are less than 3" long. At 3" long they should  be moved into a 60-gallon aquarium with two Penguin 350B filters. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: These Catfish can live for several years, probably many years provided they are fed premium food and kept in a very large aquarium with very fresh water.

Gender: As they mature females presumably become plumper than males.

Breeding: There've been some reports of spawning this catfish in an aquarium.

Popularity: This Catfish is common and  popular.

Names: The scientific name is Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum.

Variations: This Catfish lives across a wide range in South America and their pattern of markings vary geographically.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrTom - 04/01/2015

 
 
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