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In Stock: The Vivacious Vulture Catfish

28 December 2020


The Vulture Catfish are a true scavenger species in addition to being a vicious predatory. This catfish is found in South America, namely the the Orinoco and Amazon basins. This very adaptable species is mostly found in shallow waters close to human settlements, enabling them to source waste food e.g. discarded fish from fishing boats or villages.

They are rare to find at the local aquatic shop, but fortunately we at Tropical Fish Finder/ Sims Tropical Fish are able to deliver these wonderful fish directly to the comfort of your home. To have a look at purchasing one of these rare and wonderful catfish, click HERE.

The Vulture Catfish has an elongated body covered in a distinctive spotted pattern. They have a wide head, large eyes and unsurprisingly also have maxillary barbels which which aid their hunt for prey within the actively seek out prey items within their clouded habitat. The Vulture is not as visually exotic as other young pimelodids, but as adults they develop quite the character and their advantage over the ‘cuter’ looking baby pimelodids is that they don’t get quite a big them, making them easier to house in the long term.

In comparison to other larger pimelodids, this fish isn’t exactly considered to be a ‘giant’. Therefore, it can be considered for captivity in larger home aquaria. A good tank size suggestion would be a 2x1x1 metre tank to house and keep this fish long term. This may be a little bigger than you have been advised or read elsewhere but the filter load of a smaller tank might be heavy. It is also worth noting that you should have a backup filter ready for keeping this species.

Renowned for having a bold personality and courageously attacking wounded, hooked or netted fish, it's easy to see how they remind some Fisk heepers of sharks. It is worth being mindful of your fingers around this catfish. Despite its relatively small mouth, remember they have a powerful bite. In the aquarium, due to their aggressive temperament, they should only be kept with hardy and fast-moving tank mates like a large Tilapia.

To keep this powerful swimmer happy, provide him with clear, well-oxygenated water with plenty of current. They are best kept in temperatures ranging from 24.0-29.0°C and at a pH of 6.0-7.5.

If you decide to keep this fish, you may notice it is more active during the daytime. They are generally easy to keep happy, a planted tank is a good idea but don’t forget to provide adequate hiding places.