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Down arrow Summary of Pseudoplatystoma
Pronounced SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth.
Feeding Carnivore feeding on a very mixed and varied diet including earthworms, whole prawns, mussels, fish fillets, floating sticks/pellets and catfish pellets.
Compatibility Ideally suited to life with other large fish. These catfish are predatory and will eat smaller fish if hungry. Claimed by some to behave aggressively/territorially towards other catfish.
Tankmates Other large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.
Furniture Large, spacious tank with open space for night time cruising. A large shady bogwood root or pipe that the catfish can retreat to during the day is also required. Ensure the heater is in the open and not in a place where the catfish may try and hide. When larger a hide is not necessary.
Breeding Unreported in captivity although is commercially bred via egg stripping method which is often the source of fishes entering aquarium trade.
Size Smallest 524mm, largest 1660mm, average 988mm, most commonly 1300mm. All SL.
Species There are 13 "species" in the database
Keepers 7 species (53%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Down arrow Most Kept Species
1. Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum (59.26%)
2. Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum (24.07%)
3. Pseudoplatystoma corruscans (10.19%)
4. Pseudoplatystoma sp. hybrid(4) (1.85%)
5. Pseudoplatystoma sp. hybrid(2) (1.85%)
6. Pseudoplatystoma orinocoense (1.85%)
7. Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum (0.93%)
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