Tiger Shovelnose Tropical Fish Information

Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
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
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Tiger Shovelnose (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

Tiger Shovelnose Tropical Fish Learn all about the Tiger Shovelnose'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 Tiger Shovelnose is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

Tiger Shovelnose Facts

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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