Black bumblebee catfish?

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Black bumblebee catfish?

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This guy came in with a shipment of similarly sized asian bumblebee's. He's impossibly tiny and hard to get a photo of. Initially I thought maybe a bullhead or channel but the more I stare the more he really just looks like my other bumblebee but her black. He's got long distinctly white whiskers too. Nothing like a bullhead or channel.
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Re: Black bumblebee catfish?

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As it’s presumably Asian my best guess would be a Hemibagrus of some sort.

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Re: Black bumblebee catfish?

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Howdy neighbor, the head and mouth shape and the long barbels indeed give away a Hemibagrus to me too. The Asian bumblebees don't have long barbels as far as I recall... and their mouths are more pointy and less wide versus this guy's.
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So I guess and this point I'll let him grow until I can figure out which specie's in that genus is. Seems like odds are he'll outgrow my 75.

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Re: Black bumblebee catfish?

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Sounds like a plan. Location of the collection, time, and/or good pictures should help with an ID to those versed in this genus, such as Silurus, who is the ichthyologist that last revised it.
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Re: Black bumblebee catfish?

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I was able to get a video and he's been properly id'd as Hemibagrus Wyckioides. I'm definitely paying for this choice but I'm going to be setting up a small pond for him indoors while I try and find him a home.

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Re: Black bumblebee catfish?

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We could take him in as we run a Public Aquarium and Fish Rescue.

We had grown a big wyckioides for a few years but for some inexplicable reason lost it last year at 3' and about 5 years old:

https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/posts/7626006
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