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Scientific Name Chrysichthys brachynema  Boulenger, 1900
Common Names Salmon Catfish
Type Locality Kalambo, Lake Tanganyika.
Synonym(s) Chrysichthys myriodon
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). 
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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).
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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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2006.
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
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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 Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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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)