SA Red Tail X Tiger Shovel Nose Hybrid Catfish 10-15 inch
These awesome Catfish will be a great addition to anyones Monster Fish collection. 2 of the Titans of the Catfish World. Descriptions of each fish are listed below.
Redtail catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)
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Phractocephalus hemioliopterus got its name due to its bright orange tail fin. This is a good looking, but very large and predatory catfish, that yet is being kept in tanks. It can be seen on sale quite often as well.
The redtail catfish grows very large even in small tanks. You’ll need a very roomy tank to keep this fish. It’s a predator, therefore everything it can swallow will be eaten and it can eat quite a lot.
Habitat in the wild
The fish inhabits Amazon, Essequibo and Orinoco river basins — from Columbia to Bolivia including Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil. Also the fish was acclimatized in waters of Thailand and Florida state (USA).
This is a demersal fish that prefers freshwater basins. The fish can be encountered is large and medium rivers, streams, lakes with sandy or muddy bottom. Its range of expansion is very wide – from fast flowing sections of rivers to immersed forest bogs. The fish feeds on fish, crabs and fruit.
Latin name of the fish originates from Greek words ‘phraktos’ that means «a fence», and ‘kephale’ — «a head». It is not used for cooking because it’s not tasty. However, it is an object for sport fishing.
General length of the fish reaches 1,8 m (5 ft 11 in) and it weighs 80 kg (180 lb). In tanks the fish tends to grow significantly smaller, but still its size is from 50 cm (20 inches) and to 100 cm (40 inches). The fish lifespan is over 15 years.
The head is large, wide and flattened from top. The eyes are small, located at the top of the head. The fish has 3 pairs of barbels; one is on its maxilla and it is longer than other two pairs on its mandible.
Tiger Shovelnose Catfish(Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)Quick Care FactsCare Level: ModerateTemperament: AggressiveMaximum Size: 40"Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallonsWater Conditions: 75-82° F, KH 6-20, pH 6.0-8.0Diet: OmnivoreOrigin: South AmericaFamily: PimelodidaeSpecies: Large CatfishAquarium Type: Large-Bottom-DwellerSpecies InformationTiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum) or as they are often affectionately known as TSN's are found throughout the larger rivers and tributaries of South America. As adults they typically stay in the larger deeper rivers where they spend much of their time along the river bottom looking for meaty foods to consume.Their attractive appearance, large size and overall interesting personality have made the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish a very popular aquarium species with hobbyist who keep larger (monster) fish species. The Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is a large catfish species that can attain a length of over 3 feet within the aquarium environment, thus require a very large aquarium as an adult.They have a long and slender body with a beautiful silver coloration along with black stripes and spots covering the entirety of the body, which gives them a tiger-like appearance. Their mouth is adorned with very long whiskers in order to seek out prey in dark or dimly lit areas, along with a long, large, flat shaped mouth which they use to inhale unsuspecting prey.Aquarium CareWhile the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is readily available within the aquarium hobby, it is not suitable for the beginner or casual aquarium hobbyist. This species gets very large and aggressive and will require a very large aquarium as an adult in order to properly housed and cared for. Therefore, the Tiger Shovelnose is only recommended for intermediate to advanced aquarium hobbyists who have larger aquariums and powerful filtration systems rated to handle larger (monster) fish species like the Tiger Shovelnose.Along with a very large aquarium and solid filtration, the Tiger Shovelnose will appreciate plenty of water flow along with some driftwood or rock formations to provide it some cover within the aquarium. The aquarium should be tightly covered with a strong weighted top, as the Tiger Shovelnose is a powerful jumper that can easily escape from an uncovered or poorly covered aquarium.Lastly, the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish needs to be kept with other large aggressive fish species that are not small enough to fit in the mouth of the TSN and have a strong enough personality to not be bullied by an adult Tiger Shovelnose Catfish.Feeding & NutritionLike most larger catfish species, the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is an opportunistic feeder that will consume a wide variety of meaty items including both fish and invertebrates. In the wild the TSN is a nocturnal hunter that preys on a variety of native fish species found throughout South America, along with any crustacean that will fit in their mouths.In the aquarium environment the Tiger Shovelnose will readily accept a wide variety of foods including: worms, catfish pellets, pellet, frozen or freeze-dried meaty food preparations, fish that will fit in their mouths and a variety of shrimp, crab or other crustaceans found in fresh water aquariums.It is best to feed them a variety of meaty foods so that they receive a wide ranging diet which helps insure that they receive a range of nutrients to promote a healthy immune system. Hobbyists should feed them daily and adjust the amount of food and frequency of feedings based on the girth of the fish and the desired growth rate.