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Scientific NameBrachyplatystoma juruense  (Boulenger, 1898)
Common NamesGold Zebra Pim
Dourade Zebra, Goldbinden-Zebraantennenwels (Germany), Zebra Catfish
Type LocalityRio Jurua , Brazil.
Synonym(s)Ginesia cunaguaro, Platystoma juruense
EtymologyGreek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. Named for the Rio Jurua in Brazil, where this species was found.
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Size 600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSimilar to Brachyplatystoma tigrinus especially when comparing younger fish. B. juruense has a less contrasting colour pattern and much higher body in profile. The adipose fin is larger and barbels shorter too.
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DistributionSouth America: Peru & Brazil.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.4 - 7.2
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersA fast muddy water fish.
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FeedingFeeder fish sparingly and beefheart even more so. A steady diet of frozen cichlid mix or bloodworms can be used for small to medium sized individuals. Larger acclimatized fish will also take defrosted prawns.
FurnitureA large fairly shaded area is required for the fish to rest under although it will spend some time in the open especially when hungry. The aquarium should not be brightly lit. Owners report that this catfish also appears to like resting on broad flat stone.
CompatibilityA large predator, tankmates should be a least half the size of this fish and able to withstand a strong current.
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ReferencesTrans. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 14 (pt 7, no. 2) - pp421 - Pl. 39
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60, (2) Lornek8, (3) synoguy, (4) Occellatus, (5) kntrygrl4lyfe, (6) Devangel, (7) Junttis, (8) amazonfishman, (9) Koltsix, (10) KenyanSandBoa, (11) necrocanis, (12) flyin lizard (p: 2), (13) tank_girl, (14) Altifrons, (15) itsbadlands, (16) Redtailrob (p: 2, k: 2), (17) vaine111, (18) Industrial, (19) arapaimag (k: 3), (20) Decker504, who also notes: "One of my favorite fish.", (21) richb, who also notes: "I purchased 1 specimen and was very happy with it. So, I purchased 3 more. All had ich. I treated aggressively and still lost one. Very asocial. All three are still on live shiners. I love the way they tripod on the tail and ventral fins. Lost 2 of them to contaminated feeders. The 3rd finally switched to thawed frozen fish (took 14 months) and is doing very well. I don't think I would buy small ones again. I would spend more and get established fish that are already eating food that is not alive.", (22) M.O.F., (23) ElTofi, who also notes: "Dropped into the 720 liters to grow for a while, as it's much too small to be safe in the 10'000 liters. Of course, this cool little guy (or girl) will join the band into the big one in a few months...", (24) maximus1974 (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Just got them", (25) Chicxulub, (26) kingfisherfleshy, (27) liamirons, (28) mcaquatic, (29) Hrothgar Sørensen (p: 2).

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Last Update2013 Jul 13 16:29 (species record created: 2001 May 03 00:00)