Spotted Catfish

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Spotted Catfish

This species is known as Spotted Catfish and the correct latin name is Arius maculatus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Sea Catfish family. (e) It's origin is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Traumatogenic fish, so the owner should be careful. Might be aggressive towards tankmates. In general, this species is not recommended for raising in home aquariums.

Spotted Catfish can grow up to 80 cm what is approximately 31 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 9600cm2 of water surface which is approximately 1488 square inch. This species will require to be kept in a tank that is very large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Spotted Catfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH levels shouldn't be outside of 8.0 - 8.3 since most marine fish are used to the mentioned range of pH values.

Source: fishbase

Although these fish live in salt waters, they can be found in brackish and freshwater environments as well.

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