Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Pimelodus

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Scientific Name Pimelodus blochii  Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840
Common Name Four-lined Pimelodus
Type Locality Suriname.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus clarias, Pseudorhamdia macronema, Pseudorhamdia piscatrix
Pronunciation pim ee LOW duss
Etymology (Greek)Pimele=Fat + (Greek)odous=teeth. 
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Variable, indistinct colouration. Many colour variations exist which may be separate species or sub-species.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution South America: Panama to Brazil
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf of Paria (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Corintijns (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.2
Temperature 20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Undemanding
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Feeding An unfussy omnivore. Most prepared foods are taken and the fish will happily gorge itself on live or frozen foods. Bloodworm induces a feeding frenzy and is good for acclimatizing new, smaller acquisitions. The fish will eat huge amounts in one day, its belly swelling to resemble a marble and can comfortably live off this for up to a week.
Furniture These fish will be considerably more active if given lots of cover at the sides of the aquarium that they can dart into when spooked. Floating plants are also a good idea as water current is unimportant.
Compatibility Peaceful but will eat smaller fish.
Suggested Tankmates Larger active fish such as tetras, most barbs and gouramis. They can also be kept in groups but do not suffer from being kept singly. Angelfish and other ''graceful'' fish are sometimes bothered by this species' barbels particularly during ''lights-out''.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Hist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp188
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Last Update 2007 Feb 13 09:53 (species record created: 2001 Aug 05 00:00)