Pangasius Tropical Fish Information

Pangasius hypophthalmus
Behaviour Active, peaceful, predatory
Typical size 40cm
Max size 130cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 1000cm
Min Number in Tank 3
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Frozen, live, pellets
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Young Pangasius Pangasius hypophthalmus
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Pangasius (Pangasius hypophthalmus)

Pangasius Tropical Fish Learn all about the Pangasius's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Pangasius is the right fish for your aquarium.

Unfortunately, Pangassius are still regularly available in many aquatic stores although they are highly unsuitable for home aquariums. The fish naturally grows up to 130cm, although due to inadequate aquarium conditions, usually reaches around 30cm before an early death. Pangassius are incredibly nervous, fleeing at the slightest sudden movement, vibration, or change in light, often hitting the glass and resulting in damage to the fish. These fish can only be kept in huge aquariums (e.g. public aquariums) or tropical ponds and should never be kept in home aquariums. Do not purchase these fish and if you see a store selling them, Think Fish encourages you to print out and show them this page in order to point out their mistake and/or lack of responsibility to fishkeeping. If you already have Pangassius you have a duty and responsibility to care for them properly. If you do not have the means to care for them and were not informed of their needs during purchase, you should arrange to take them back to the store.

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

Pangasius Facts

Family Pangasiidae (Shark catfishes) | Synonyms Pangasius sutchi | Other names Shark Catfish, Sutchi Catfish, Mekong Catfish | Origin Thailand | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7.5, very soft to very hard | Natural Habitat Large rivers, flooded areas. Migratory

Pangasius Help and Advice

If you have a question about keeping Pangasius's then please use our Pangasius help forum. Join 100's of other fish enthusiasts with 1000's of years experience between them caring for and keeping fish like these.

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Pangasius information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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