African Giraffe Catfish

Other African Giraffe Catfish Names: African Giraffe Catfish, Giraffe Catfish, African Giraffe Bagrid

African Giraffe Catfish Scientific Name: Auchenoglanis occidentalis occidentalis

African Giraffe Catfish (Auchenoglanis occidentalis occidentalis))

Temperature Range: 70°F-80°F
pH Range: 6.5-7.5
Hardness Range: 10-25°

Family: Claroteidae

Species Type: African Catfish

African Giraffe Catfish Adult Size: 36 inches (cm)

African Giraffe Catfish Life Expectancy: 18 years

African Giraffe Catfish Habitat: Many rivers, lakes and streams throughout Africa.

African Giraffe Catfish Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons

African Giraffe Catfish Temperament: Generally peaceful, but will eat any species small enough to fit into it's mouth. This fish is also a scavenger so it is a particular danger to eggs or small fry.

African Giraffe Catfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - the African Giraffe Catfish will literally eat just about any type of food that it encounters. That being said, you should provide it with a well balanced diet consisting of a pellet staple and supplimented with live protein rich foods such as worms. Be forewarned - this species need A LOT of food.

African Giraffe Catfish Description: This is a very large, very demanding species of fish. It should only be kept by dedicated, experienced aquarists and only after careful consideration is taken. This fish can grow up to three feet long and can eat vast quantities of food.

The Arfican Giraffe Catfish catfish gets it's name from the giraffe-like pattern of spots.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Really this should be kept in a species only tank due to it's large size. It can be compatible with many other types of fish as long as they are larger than 6 or 8 inches.

African Giraffe Catfish Breeding & Spawning: There is no record of breeding in home aquaria. Breeding is possible in theory with large heated pools with a half dozen individuals to spur breeding competition.

Determining African Giraffe Catfish Sex: No known way to sex this species.

Aquarium Region: In the wild this is a bottom dwelling species. Due to the size and nature of this species, it should be considered to live in all regions of the aquarium.

African Giraffe Catfish Diseases: None specific to species, but the diet requirements of this species should be noted.

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