TSN x LEI Hybrid Catfish (8-15 inch)
These are a mixture between a Tiger Shovelnoser and Marbled Achara Catfish.
The Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, which is also known as the Tiger Catfish, is from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is a large catfish that can attain a length of over 3 feet in captivity. The body of this cat is long and slender and has a beautiful silver coloration. Black stripes and spots cover the entire body, giving this fish a tiger-like appearance. The mouth is adorned with very long whiskers, and is long and flat in shape.
It can grow impressively large in an aquarium setting and should be given plenty of room to swim. Due to its size and high energy this fish should be kept with larger tank mates. Besides the minimum tank size of 180 gallons, rocks, plants, and large driftwood should be used to enhance and simulate a natural environment. Since the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is a highly active fish, a tightly covered aquarium should be used to prevent it from jumping out of the tank.
Little is known about the breeding habits of the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, but it is speculated that the females have a fuller stomach and overall shape.
Feeding the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. In the wild, this fish will eat fish and crustaceans. In the aquarium setting, assorted worms, frozen foods, sinking catfish pellets, and dry foods will provide the proper nutrition.
Achara Cat, Leiarius marmoratus, Marbled Pim, Marmor-Prachtantennenwels, Sailfin Pimeloid
Native to: Rio Maranon & Rio Napo, Amazon Basin
Size: Up to 31.5″ in wild
pH 5.8 – 7.4
Temp: 69.8 – 77°F
You dont see these catfish everyday! This is a great treat for the rare collector. As the Marbled Achara catfish matures it should be fed less often and even periods of fasting will maintain the fishes health, as well as provide the aquarist a more active pet! Feed large pellets, feeder fish, frozen crab or shrimp for favorites. Provide large, thick branches or driftwood roots to provide cover. An open area for night time exercise should also be offered. This is a Peaceful, although care should be taken to house with appropriately sized tankmates.