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Heteropneustes fossilis (Fossil Catfish, Asian Stinging Catfish)

Heteropneustes fossilis are a very lively species which need a good amount of open swimming space and lots of places in which to hide. Heteropneustes fossilis can be kept with similar sized catfish and other robust fish which are at least as big as the catfish or a little larger.

Stinging catfish are generally quite peaceful but any fish small enough to be eaten - will be. As suggested by its common name - stinging catfish, Heteropneustes fossilis can deliver a painful sting via the spines on its pectoral fins. So keep handling to a minimum and be careful during tank maintenance.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Heteropneustes fossilis can become quite tame and will also learn to associate it's keeper with foo which creates a wonderful bond between fish and human. It may be tempting to teach these fish to take food from your fingers, it isn't a good idea to do so because of their venomous spines. If these fish become hand tame they will seek your hands out during tank maintenance and may potentially go unnoticed until it is too late!

Filtration should be strong and efficient as it produces a lot of waste.While smaller tankmates will most likely become the next meal, it’s quite peaceful with similarly-sized or larger, active species. Ideal choices are those that inhabit different areas of the tank, such as bigger characins or cyprinids.

Feeding preference include worms, frozen whole fish such as white bait, Lancefish ect. There is no need to use live fish, but prepared worms and insects such as crickets will be readily accepted. Suitably sized pelleted food will also be taken by them.

During sexing, adult females are noticably more rounded and heavier than the males. Both parents will choose a spawning site and lay their eggs within the substrate and both parent will usually guard the brood until the fry gradually move away and become more independent (around 30 days).

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution Asia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Temperature 21 - 25°C
Size 30cm
Water Parameters Soft and acidic preferred
Water PH 6.0-8.0
Diet Special Needs
Schooling Fish No
Care Level Difficult
Sociability Aggressive
Water Chemistry Adaptable

Shop stock

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Lee Valley Aquatics Essex EN9 2PA View shop

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