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Stunning 6CM Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
CAN REACH UPTO 35"
BEST KEPT BETWEEN 22-26°C
MINIMUM TANK SIZE 850LITRES+
When you set up the aquarium for your Tiger Shovelnose catfish you should ideally cover the bottom with fine sand or large rocks. Traditional aquarium gravel is not recommended since the Tiger Shovelnose catfish might eat the gravel and become constipated. A large cave in which the Tiger Shovelnose catfish can rest will be highly appreciated.
A safe cave to rest in will greatly reduce stress in the fish and make it less agitated. Maintenance work, such as water changes, will usually disturb the Tiger Shovelnose catfish and cause it to splash around a lot. Keeping a lid on your aquarium is very important since the Tiger Shovelnose catfish can jump. There are even reports of Tiger Shovelnose catfish breaking aquariums when they have been kept in too small tanks.
Avoid keeping the Tiger Shovelnose catfish with nervous and skittish fish, since this can make the Tiger Shovelnose catfish nervous too. Small fish should naturally also be avoided since they will be considered prey. Keeping the Tiger Shovelnose catfish with aggressive species is usually not a problem, since the Tiger Shovelnose catfish is too big to be bothered.
The recommended temperature range for Tiger Shovelnose catfish is 72-79° F (22-26° C). As long as you avoid the extremes, the fish will adapt to soft as well as hard water. The pH should be from 6.0 to 7.5. The Tiger Shovelnose catfish is sensitive to high levels of soluble waste and powerful filtration and frequent water changes are therefore necessary.
The Tiger Shovelnose catfish will appreciate live food, but can sometimes be trained to accept dead food. You can feed your Tiger Shovelnose catfish fish, crayfish, crabs, shrimps and similar foods. Using nothing but goldfish as feeder fish is not recommended.