This section of Aquarium Life is about tropical catfishes from the continent of Africa. There are a wide variety of catfish from Africa and many of these species are ideally suited for keeping in a home aquarium. African catfish are commonly kept with African cichlids because they have similar water parameter requirements and are often from the same lakes.
Most African catfish are exported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire) and from Nigeria. Some catfish species are also exported from the Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika area as a part of the Afican cichlid trade.
African catfish are all scaleless fish and this leaves them more susceptible to parasites such as ich. African are generally peaceful and can live with other African catfish. New world catfish should not be mixed with African catfish because they have a tendency to try to bite the eyes out of their South American or Central American brethren.
To the left is a list of the African catfish species in our fish profile database.