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Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
Tiger shovelnose catfish
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum - Tiger shovelnose catfish - Tiger shovelnose catfish are simply too big for home aquariums
Tiger shovelnose catfish are simply too big for home aquariums
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(Other members of the genus Pseudoplatystoma)

ADULT SIZE: 50 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum live foods and small fish

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Surinam


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AQUARIUM CARE: Tiger shovelnoses are a very large fish, and not really suitable for the home aquarium. They can reach a metre long in the wild, and eat anything that they can fit in their mouths. In public aquariums, they are well suited to an Amazon tank with larger species, red tailed catfish, arowana, and pacu.

BREEDING: Unknown

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