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Frogmouth Catfish Angler Catfish Chaca chaca

Category: Catfish - Chacidae

Size: 6-8cm

Price: £38.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: Temporarily out of stock

Becoming scarce.

Best kept on sand. Feed on live foods to start.

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: 6-8cm

Chaca chaca (Frogmouth Catfish, Angler Catfish)

Chaca catfish are of medium size, flattened dorsoventrally, and have a large, square mouth. The eyes are small and located on the top of the head. The skin is rough, ornamented with warts and tassels, and mottled brown in colour, providing the fish with excellent camouflage. In the wild they hide among the leaf litter and debris at the bottom of stream and move about very little. When suitable prey, such as small fish, the catfish rapidly opens its mouth and so sucks in its prey. All species of Chaca are very difficult to tell apart, and for all practical purposes it is impossible to do so with live specimens. The three known species do come from different parts of the world though, and will usually be identified by the exporter on the basis of this.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Chaca spp. are sometimes known as "angler catfish", a reflection of an ecological niche similar to that of the marine anglerfishes. Like anglerfish, these fish are very inactive. Prey is lured to towards the mouth through the use of worm-like fringes around the mouth. Small prey, particularly fish and shrimps, are attracted to this fringe and are then rapidly engulfed by the huge mouth. Otherwise these fish are remarkably inactive, and they will not even move when gently touched, instead preferring to rely on camouflage to avoid danger.

Because of their predatory behaviour, these fish cannot be safely kept in community tanks. They will attempt to swallow surprisingly large prey, and so should only be mixed with animals larger than they are. On the other hand, because they are so inactive, even large specimens do not need a big aquarium. There is some evidence that these fish secrete chemicals that lower the pH of the water. In the wild, these chemicals presumably get diluted before they cause any harm, but in the aquarium regular water changes and perhaps the use of some buffering material in the filter to raise the carbonate hardness are important.

Feeding these fish is problematic. When newly imported, they will only accept live foods. In the wild, their favoured prey species are shrimps, small cyprinids (minnows) and small labyrinth fish (bettas). Live river shrimp can be used to begin with, and dedicated hobbyists may choose to rear their own (safe and gut-loaded) feeder fish, such as guppies or mosquitofish. Earthworms are also accepted. Once settled in, some aquarists have trained them to take dead foods and even tablet foods.

These fish are not territorial and can be safely kept in groups of similarly sized individuals. There are only a few breeding reports. Spawning takes place inside caves, and the male appears to guard the eggs.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South Asia: India, Bangladesh, Nepal; possibly also Burma
Temperature 22-24 C
Size Up to 20 cm, but smaller in aquaria
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0