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Scientific NameGagata cenia  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common NamesClown Catfish
Assam Clownwels (Germany)
Type LocalityN. Bengal rivers.
Synonym(s)Pimelodus cenia
PronunciationGah gah tah - keen ee a
EtymologyThe generic name comes from the local name of the fish (keyakatta). The specific name also comes from the local name of the fish (sinia).
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDorsal with dark saddles extending ventrally only to lateral line. Caudal fin with transverse black bar across peduncle and round or square black spot on middle of each lobe. Dorsal fin with black spot on distal part of anterior rays. Anal fin with 4-5 simple rays, 9-11 branched rays. Upper jaw and 4th ceratobranchial toothless; lower jaw with few conical teeth in pocket or depression near symphysis. Snout tip acutely pointed in lateral view, with tip separated from the rest of the snout by distinct notch.
SexingNot known.
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DistributionThe Ganges, Indus and Mahanadi River drainages in the Indian subcontinent.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Mahanadi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature18.0-25.0°C or 64.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersRequires well oxygenated water.
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FeedingReadily feeds on most foods, but live or frozen food is preferred.
FurnitureA sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
CompatibilityA peaceful, shoaling species that should be kept in a group of at least 4. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank, preferably with some current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.€
Suggested TankmatesIdeal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius , and smaller mastacembelids.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesFishes Ganges - pp174 - Pl. 31 (fig. 57)
Registered Keepers(1) Shovelnose (k: 2), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (2) TheFishGuy, (3) jc, (4) Bob Mehen (k: 3), who also notes: "These fish are the most active catfish I've ever kept, day and night! Housed in a temperate,(19oC) Asian themed tank with lots of flow,(12,000lph+). I lost 3 of the orginal 6 which were thin & did not feed well on introduction, rapidly losing weight. The remaining 3 are now doing well and gaining weight and size being target fed with tablet food, frozen bloodworm and cyclops.".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Articles
Article - CotM 2003 December
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Last Update2005 Nov 28 00:00 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)