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Giant African Tigerfish Hydrocynus goliath

Category: Characins - Aggresive or predatory

Size: 9-10cm

Price: £169.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 1 in stock


Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Sociability: Aggressive

Care Level: Expert only

Schooling Fish: No


New season's Goliaths!

Please research this fish carefully before purchase - it is a monster!


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 9-10cm

Hydrocynus goliath (Giant African Tigerfish)

A large, robust fish-eating characin noted for its streamlined body and the densely packed horizontal bands along the flanks. The adipose fin bears a small but obvious black spot. The mouth is big and the strong teeth usually obvious. There are no obvious differences between the sexes.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Adult fish are almost exclusively fish-eaters in the wild, taking prey up to around 40% of their body length. Juvenile cichlids and freshwater herrings (Lake Tanganyika sardines) are major prey items, along with barbs and characins, though they occasionally take other fish including catfish and smaller individuals of their own species.

In the aquarium these fish will eat most foods including carnivore pellets though seafood and small frozen fish (lancefish, whitebait) are favoured. Juveniles are easier to train onto prepared foods than adults, and will happily eat insect larvae and earthworms.

Juveniles live in groups, while large adults often become loners. Can be maintained in groups under aquarium conditions, provided all fish are of similar size. May be mixed with tankmates of different species, though obviously any tankmates must be sufficiently large that they will not be viewed as food. Best kept in a single species aquarium.

Inhabits large bodies of water where it actively swims in search of prey. The aquarium must be big, generously filtered, and provided with lots of water current. Sensitive to water pollution and low oxygen concentration.

Nervous; keeping juveniles in groups may help, but there is a risk of aggression between them as they mature, so look out for signs of damaged fins. Easily damage themselves when alarmed by jumping or smashing into the walls of the tank.

Not recommended for home aquaria, but an excellent species for public aquaria.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Africa: Congo River and elsewhere, including Lake Tanganyika
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Over 130 cm in the wild, somewhat smaller in aquaria
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5