Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Luciopimelodus

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Scientific NameLuciopimelodus pati  (Valenciennes, 1836)
Common NamesPati
Bagre Plateado (Argentinian), Cabezon (International), Silver Bagrid
Type LocalityBuenos Aires, Argentina.
Synonym(s)Pimelodus pati, Silurus 11-radiatus, Silurus pati
Pronunciationpah tee
Etymology(Latin)Lucio = Bright/Shining (Greek)Pimele=Fat + (Greek)odous=teeth.  Named after its common local name.
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Size 960mm or 37.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationLarge barbles, small eyes and a lead grey to bluish sheen to the upper body. In clear waters (and the aquarium) has an attractive blueish metallic sheen. A large fish reaching a total length of at least 1 metre and at that size can weigh around 20kg.
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DistributionSouth America: Rio de la Plata (Argentina) and Rio Blanco (Brazil), Rio Paraguay basin.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.4 - 7.6
Temperature18.0-22.0°C or 64.4-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersPrefers to live in deep waters, so dimmer lighting is suggested.
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FeedingOmnivorous, with a carnivorous preference. In the wild prefers to eat small cichlids and larger tetras, molluscs and crustaceans. Will eat most foods in the aquarium, doesn't need live food.
FurnitureRequires a huge aquarium or indoor pond and a lot of swimming space. Heaters and filter parts should be protected to avoid this fish trying to eat them and cause itself harm.
CompatibilityAs with most large pimelodids, anything it can't eat.
Suggested TankmatesThe two main issues in selecting tankmates are one that reach a suitable size to avoid being eaten and are happy to live in the cooler water these fish prefer.
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ReferencesPoissons Amér. Méridionale - ppno p. - Pl. 1 (figs. 7-9)
Registered Keepers(1) arapaima, (2) miles3, (3) Redtailrob, (4) liamirons, who also notes: "Super active and super predatory".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:30 (species record created: 2002 Nov 19 00:00)