Other Salmontail Catfish Names:
Salmontail Catfish Scientific Name:
Arius leptaspis, Hexanematichthys leptaspis
Salmontail Catfish Temperament:
Species Type: Australian Catfish
Salmontail Catfish Adult Size: 32 inches (cm)
Salmontail Catfish Life Expectancy: 15 years
Salmontail Catfish Habitat: Australian Rivers (Estuaries)
Salmontail Catfish Minimum Tank Size:
Generally a peaceful schooling fish but will eat smaller fish.
Salmontail Catfish Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - does well with sinking pellet foods supplimented with fresh fruit and vegetables. Shrimp or frozen foods can also be added as a treat.
Salmontail Catfish Description:
This fish grows to be quite large and because of this is not suitable for long term aquarium use. Feed with sinking pellets. Use small grained gravel and do not use gravel with sharp edges. Hiding places are not required as the Salmontail Catfish usually spend their days swimming up and down the glass until feeding time. Care should be taken when handling this fish, as the sharp dorsal and pectoral spines are covered in a mucus that will irritate the skin. Can live in fresh or brackish water. This is a nocturnal species that will be far more active at night.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other large peaceful species.
Salmontail Catfish Breeding & Spawning:
No real way to breed in an aquarium due to sheer size of adult specimens.
Determining Salmontail Catfish Sex:
No known way to determine visually.
Salmontail Catfish Diseases:
None specific to species.
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