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Scientific Name Pangasius sanitwongsei  Smith, 1931
Common Name(s) Paroon Shark
Chao Phraya Giant Catfish, Dog-eating Catfish, Pangasid-catfish, Paroonhaj (Sweden), Pla Tepa (Thai), Pla Thepa
Type Locality Menam Chao Phraya R. at Koh Yai, cent. Thailand.
Synonym(s) Pangasius beani
Pronunciation Pang ah see uss - san its wong aye
Etymology The name Pangasius comes from a local (Bengali) name of the fish (pungas). 
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Size 2500mm or 98.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Shows a black dorsal fin extension from about the 40mm size onwards. Sadly an artificially developed "balloon" form has been introduced into the hobby perhaps to combat the fishes large adult size.
Sexing No recorded visible sexual differences.
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Distribution Vietnam, Thailand, Kampuchea (Cambodia), and Laos in the Mekong and Chao Phyra basins
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List Status Critically Endangered
pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Will easily adapt to "normal" conditions (pH 6.5 - 7.5) and soft to medium hard water.
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Feeding Will accept pellet and flake food(when young) in captivity. In the wild both young and adults feed on fishes and crustaceans. Examination of two young specimens (60 and 80 cm) had only small fishes in their stomachs. The larger fish had eaten three Pangasius macronema of 15 - 20 cm each, one Belodontichthys (a predatory silurid catfish) and one small cyprinid. Larger individuals will take the carcasses of fowl or dogs (commonly used for bait).
Furniture Needs vast amount of open space for swimming room and some plants to help reduce the nervous nature of the fish.
Compatibility Not recommended for home aquaria.
Suggested Tankmates Not recommended for home aquaria.
Breeding Unknown
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References Proc. U. S. Natl. Mus.v. 79 (no. 2873) - pp29 - Figs. 13-14
Registered Keepers (1) arapaima, (2) brettwms75, who also notes: "It's so hard to keep their fins nice. Depending on space and diet they are very nippy with each-other. They're always chewing one anothers fins off. When I have more room I hope I can order more!", (3) kntrygrl4lyfe (k: 3), (4) Occellatus, (5) Sinblesser, (6) RedTail Cat, (7) Young_Yacht, (8) jessey, (9) howdenend (k: 2), who also notes: "Both currently about 12" and seem so far to be pretty straight forward to look after. Favourite food is definately king prawn (expensive taste!)", (10) michiganraised, (11) jakepittbull, (12) arapaimag (k: 12), (13) agusmeteor (k: 8), (14) jmtjoy, (15) Alf Alf, (16) ChanelGreen.

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Breeding Reports None.
Article - CotM 1999 February
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Last Update 2014 Oct 27 14:27 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)