|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Chrysichthys brachynema Boulenger, 1900|
|Common Names||Salmon Catfish
|Type Locality||Kalambo, Lake Tanganyika.|
|Pronunciation||cry sick thiss - bra KEY nee mah|
|Etymology||Chrysichthys: From the Greek chrysos, meaning golden and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the golden-yellow color (of the type species, C. auratus).|
|Size||700mm or 27.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This fish can be identified from other congeners by the large eyes and mouth. It is the most commonly available species with a large fleshy adipose fin.|
|Sexing||Generally, the males adipose fin is slightly larger and fleshier. The female is slightly larger and has a more rotund shape (especially when viewed from above).|
|Distribution||Africa: Lake Tanganyika.
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.4 - 8.0|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Hardness in the range of 4-18 dGH|
|Feeding||These catfish will thrive on a mixed and varied diet that includes catfish pellets, prawns, mussels, earthworms and bloodworms.|
|Furniture||The aquarium can be planted or not, but there must be some caves, or plant pots for the fish to hide in. Subdued lighting is an advantage beacause the fish is nocturnal, although it is active during the day once settled.|
|Compatibility||This fish should not be kept with smaller fish as they will be eated. Recommended for a lake tanganyika community, with no small fish, and will plenty of caves to hide in.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Good tankmates include all larger lake tanganyika community fish, as well as Brochis and other larger catfish and larger cichlids.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 7) v. 6 (no. 35), pp 480.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 18 01:01 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|