Spotted Catfish

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Spotted Catfish

This fish is known as Spotted Catfish and the correct latin name is Arius maculatus. It belongs to the Sea Catfish family. (e) Origin of this fish 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 fish should be kept in aquariums that are 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 suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

Source: fishbase

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

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