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Auchenoglanis occidentalis (Giraffe-Nosed Catfish)

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Named the giraffe catfish because of its distinctive markings, this fish is also equipped with a long, tubular snout that it uses to search for food. An "eartheater", this catfish should be kept in a tank with a sandy substrate, where it will constantly sift the sand looking for bits of food.

This species is quite commonly sold, and although easy to look after, it does get rather big.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A peaceful, if predatory, catfish that makes a suitable companion for other gentle giants such as large gouramis, characins, barbs, etc. Do not keep it with very small fish (like guppies and neons) as these will likely be eaten. It may be combined with cichlids, but do not keep with aggressive species.

Apart from its favoured prey, worms and insect larvae, this catfish will eat all manner of foods including flake and catfish pellets.

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution Africa
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 45 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable
Water PH 6.5-7.5