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Scientific NameHemibagrus wyckii  (Bleeker, 1858)
Common NamesCrystal Eyed Catfish
Baung Jaksa (Indonesia), Freshwater Shark, Sueßwasser-Hai (Germany)
Type LocalityTjitarum R., Parongkalong, Preanger Prov., Java, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Bagrus wyckii, Macrones wyckii, Mystus wyckii
PronunciationHEM ee BAG russ - WICK ee eye
EtymologyFrom the Greek hemi- meaning half and bagrus, the catfish genus. 
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Size 700mm or 27.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMembers of the genus Hemibagrus are bagrid catfishes that can attain standard lengths of up to 800 mm and are found in large rivers throughout the Indian subcontinent,Southeast and East Asia. Members of this genus have depressed heads,rugose head shields not covered by skin,a slender occipital process and moderately long adipose fins.

In life, the crystal blue eye and long, low sloping forehead identify this species which was previously known as Mystus wyckii. Due to the similarity in species name, sometimes this species is mixed up with H. wyckioides (previously known as Mystus nemerus) but H. wyckioides is a more grey colour and has a red tail fin.
SexingUnknown, perhaps females are smaller and fuller.
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DistributionSoutheast Asia: Thailand to Indonesia.
Thailand Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indonesian Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 7.6
Temperature22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersWater parameters are not vitally important to this hardy fish.
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FeedingAll types of foods are taken. Young fish can be grown quickly on small meaty foods, but flakes and tablets are also taken. It is best to avoid feeding live fish at an early age - the fish will consume much more as it grows and may become picky about other foods. Larger fish can be fed earthworms, mollusks, prawns, white fish meat and pellets. Experimenting with other foods is recommended.
FurnitureInhabits lakes, creeks and rivers in the wild. Large rocks and driftwood if anything at all. These should be firmly secured in place. Heater guards are necessary, if using heater stats. External heating and filtration is a good idea. Large plants will not be eaten but again must be securely in place and of a sturdy nature.
CompatibilityA lone predator, will attempt to systematically dismantle any living thing too large to be consumed outright. Some report successful combination with much larger fish, but this would require a public aquaria sized aquarium or pond, very risky in anything smaller.
Suggested TankmatesNone. Try it and you'll end up with one Hemibagrus sooner or later.
BreedingUnreported in the home aquarium, probably lays huge numbers of eggs.
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ReferencesActa Soc. Sci. Indo-Neerl. v. 4 156
Registered Keepers(1) arapaima (p: 2), (2) Silurus, (3) KenyanSandBoa, (4) smokymcjoe, (5) Stackdeck (p: 2), (6) hockeydude9819 (p: 2), (7) arapaimag (k: 4), who also notes: "Very different personality where I keep them now in my 15k (1) and 52k (2) (peaceful) as opposed to any tank I kept them in before under 600 gallons (violent)", (8) mjj4307, (9) justarn, (10) juanitoman, (11) Redtailrob, (12) jelly, (13) Fishmandavew.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2002 December
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:44 (species record created: 2001 Apr 17 00:00)