Tiger Shovelnose
Behaviour Predatory, semi-nocturnal, bottom dweller
Typical size 60cm
Max size 100cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 200cm
Temp Min: 23℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Sinking pellet foods, meaty foods. Provide some dried foods in the diet for vitamins & minerals
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Tiger Shovelnose Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
  • Tiger Shovelnose Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum - thumbnail
  • Tiger Shovelnose Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum - thumbnail

Tiger Shovelnose

Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum

The Tiger Shovelnose is a large fish with a strange appeal to many fishkeepers. Unfortunately this fish is really too big to be housed in most home aquariums. Anything less than a eight foot (2.5metre) aquarium is too small. Although the fish can potentially reach up to 100cm, 60cm is a more likely size for aquarium housed specimens. The fish is a predator and uses its senstive whiskers to seek out food sources - anything which will fit in its large mouth will be considered food! If you have a huge aquarium, the Tiger Shovelnose might make an interesting bottom dweller to be mixed with other large peaceful fishes. If your tank is anything less than 8 foot, do not buy this fish.

This fish is excluded from the Compatibility Checker as it is unsuitable for community aquariums or may require expert care.

Family Pimelodidae | Synonyms Silurus fasciatus, Platystoma artedii, Platystoma truncatum, Pseudoplatystoma punctifer | Other names Barred Sorubim, Tiger catfish, | Origin South America; Amazon | Breeding Home aquariums are too small for breeding | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to very hard | Natural Habitat Riverbeds and larger stream beds, shaded areas | Sexing Females are larger and heavier built, although differences may only be notable in fish above 30cm in length

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