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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Brachyplatystoma

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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma tigrinum  (Britski, 1981)
Common Name(s) Zebra Shovelnose
Dourada Zebra (Brazilian), Tigerstriped Catfish, Tigerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Cachoeira do Teotônio, Rio Madeira, Território de Rondônia, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Merodontotus tigrinus
Pronunciation tie green uss
Etymology Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. This specific epithet literally means tiger(tigrinum=tiger) and refers to the stripes on its body.
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Size 500mm (19.7") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Head elongate and compressed, becoming narrower to the front, lower jaw shorter than upper. Upper and lower caudal filaments. Can be confused with Brachyplatystoma juruense, but the stripes of B. tigrinus are continuous when viewed laterally while those of B. juruense are broken or divided.
General Remarks While its maximum size of 50 cm would appear to make this beautiful fish an ideal inhabitant for a large aquaria, its need for massive current and high oxygen levels would have to be taken into account to design an appropriate aquarium.
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Distribution Known only from a few specimens from the upper Rio Madeira and Caqueta region of Colombia.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.8 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Known from cataracts of whitewater rivers.
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Feeding A predator that eats other fishes. Newly caught specimens may need some time before they learn to eat dead food, and thus may require feeding live \"feeder fish\", but they can be trained to eat pieces of fish. Pieces of marine fish is considered better than freshwater fish as it\'s much less likely to contain transferable parasites.
Furniture Needs a highly oxygenated aquarium with a massive amount of current. Substrate should be sand/gravel with stones and driftwood placed to form hiding places.
Compatibility Other large fishes with similar habitat requirements.
Suggested Tankmates Large loricariids and other large current loving pimelodids.
Breeding Unreported.
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References Pap. Avulsos Dep. Zool. (Saão Paulo)v. 34 (no. 7) - pp110 - Figs. 1-2
Registered Keepers (1) Kenneth Wong, (2) Theo21, (3) ani-mal-lvr, (4) Trident2004, (5) soltarii007, (6) amiidae, (7) amazonfishman, (8) SuperLaz, (9) Schmike, (10) too<many>tanks, (11) bluescotty23 (p: 2), (12) tezr, (13) Altifrons, (14) ndcp18, (15) Redtailrob, (16) miles3, (17) human001, (18) MilkMan, (19) snakelover, (20) Benjamin Goh, (21) AquaristJoel, (22) Buddiechrist, (23) arapaimag (k: 10), (24) victionOne, (25) richb, who also notes: "I got this fish as a 3 or 4 inch juvenile. He settled in pretty quickly. He now eats silversides and is rather spectacular. However, so far he does not like tankmakes unless he can eat them. He is currently in a 5' long 100 by himself. He beat on the planiceps until I had to move him. Unfortunately, this beautiful fish jumped, knocked the cover off the aquarium and landed on the floor. He died.", (26) yellowcat, (27) ElTofi, who also notes: "Dropped into the 720 liters to grow up a bit... it will end into the Stingrays tank, in the basement...", (28) Apostolis, (29) unstoppablejayd.

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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:47 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)


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