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African Banded Scat Scatophagus tetracanthus

Category: Perches

Size: 8-10cm

Price: £129.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 3 in stock


Schooling Fish: Yes

Sociability: Peaceful

Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline

Care Level: Easy

Diet: Adaptable


Super Rare!

1st time at Wildwoods for more than 30 years!

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.

Photos are of actual stock/


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 7.8 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 8-10cm

Scatophagus tetracanthus (African Banded Scat)

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.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

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.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Indian Ocean (coast of East Africa)
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 40 cm, normally smaller in aquaria
Water Parameters Brackish to marine (SG 1.010 upwards)
Water PH 8-8.5