Super Rare African Banded Scat

24 October 2019


These stunning specimens, Scatophagus tetracanthus, are available for the 1st time at Wildwoods for more than 30 years! Available on Tropical Fish 2 Your Door at different sizes: Click HERE

Similar to the other scats in shape, but immediately recognisable due to its bold vertical bands and reddish colouration along the dorsal surface of the fish. A rarely seen species.

A peaceful, though robust, schooling fish. The extremely beautiful Scatophagus tetracanthus are omnivorous fishes and prefer small crustaceans, like artemia or cyclops, but they also feed on vegetables.

This wonderful fish makes a good companion for monos, shark catfish, and brackish water archerfish.

African scats are quite peaceful fish that often swim in large schools. It is also recommended to keep them in groups in the aquarium, if necessary along with their green and spotted cousins from southeast Asia. Not yet bred in captivity.

The maximum length reported is 30 cm, but it usually is fully grown at around 20 cm.

Like all scats this species is completely euryhalin, this means it can change freely between the sea and freshwater; this is their typical behaviour in the wild. Much more important than the salt content is the pH for these fishes: pH must never drop below 8 over a longer period.

Whilst these fish can live happily in freshwater it is recommended that a small amount of salt be added to the water - please research thoroughly before purchasing these stunning fish.