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False Zebra Shovelnose

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by cane76, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. cane76

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    Common names: False zebra shovelnose,banded shovelnose

    Scientific names: Brachyplatystoma Juruense

    Family: Pimelodidae

    Origin: Jurua river in Brazil and in Peru

    Max. size: 30" reported 24" is more common

    Care: This predatory catfish will need a large well filtered tank with roughly 300 gallons or 7x3x2.
    The tank should not be brightly lit. The water must be well circulated with strong currents, adding a power head will help with this. These catfish are fairly peaceful but choose tank mates with caution,being at least half the size to avoid being eaten. PH should be neutral with a temperature of between 75-80.

    Diet: These carnivores will accept a wide variety of fresh and frozen foods including mussles, prawns, white bait and cockles. Earthworms and river shrimp are also readily taken.
    Smaller cats will eat blood worms, chopped prawn and sometimes pellets.

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