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Giant Talking Catfish Mother-of-snails Catfish Megalodoras irwini

Category: Catfish - Doradidae

Size: 8-9cm

Price: £59.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 3 in stock

Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Care Level: Expert only

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful

Fantastic species of catfish!

Will grow very large!

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: 8-9cm

Megalodoras irwini (Giant Talking Catfish, Mother-of-snails Catfish)

A large thorny catfish similar to other Doradidae in shape, with distinctively spiny fins and rows of serrated spines along the flanks. The head is heavily armoured as well. Juveniles are quite strongly marked with irregular light brown squiggles across a darker brown body. As the fish mature their overall tends towards mottled mid to dark brown.

Ichthyologists have classified this species as both Megalodoras uranoscopus and Megalodoras irwini, and both these names are widely used in the aquarium literature.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This very large thorny catfish is a good addition to exceptionally spacious community tanks. It is completely peaceful towards all but the smallest fish, and in the wild at least feeds primarily on shelled invertebrates, particularly snails but also crustaceans of various types. Also eats catfish pellets, strips of tilapia fillet, earthworms, and so on.

While hardy and slow-growing, its ultimate size does mean that this is a fish for very big aquaria only, realistically 750 litres or more. Prefers a soft, sandy substrate and the provision of shady caves and other hiding places. Its sheer bulk means that most plants will be destroyed simply by its burrowing activities.

Gets along well with its own kind, but breeding is probably impossible under aquarium conditions.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Northeastern South America
Temperature 22-25 C
Size Up to 60 cm
Water Parameters Soft and slightly acidic preferred, but adaptable
Water PH 6.0-8.0