|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Erethistes pusillus Müller & Troschel, 1849|
|Common Name||Giant Moth Catfish|
|Type Locality||Assam, India.|
|Pronunciation||puss ill uss|
|Size||85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Telling this fish apart from similar Hara spp. is very hard. Divergent as opposed to convergent serrations on the pectoral spines are the hard and fast characteristic to use but these are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. Experienced observers maintain it is possible to see differences in snout shape between the two (Erethistes usually has a more steeply sloping snout), and Erethistes usually has a darker base coloration than Hara (dark brown vs, more of a chestnut brown); overall it's usually quite difficult (thus unreliable) without recourse to the serrations.|
|Distribution||India and Burma.
Myanmar Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.2 - 6.8|
|Temperature||20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Increase the oxygen levels with a powerhead or a couple of airstones. Keep the water very clean. If top water quality is not maintained the fish will constantly shed their skin.|
|Feeding||Feed live and frozen foods. Some individuals will eventually take dry foods but not all will.|
|Furniture||Provide a substrate of fine sand (many will burrow). A few caves made of stone will complete the set up.|
|Compatibility||They are very peaceful, but can be out competed by fast moving barbs, cichlids, tetras, or even other catfishes.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Horae Ichthyologicae No. 3, pp 12, Pl. 1 (fig. 2).|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 14 06:04 (species record created: 2005 Apr 24 00:00)|