Red Tailed Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)
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Red Tailed Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)


Common Name: Red Tailed Catfish
Proper Name: Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
Category: Catfish
Temperature: 21 - 24 C
Temperament Predatory
Maximum Size: 139.7 cm
Planted Tank Enthusiast
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This fish gets very large... more than 60 cm! The size should be updated to make people aware of how large these get.
Algae Grower
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ive seen one that was about 6ft long at a fish shop, swimming with huge gars.
Algae Grower
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I don't know why they even sell these. It's dumb to offer them to the general public, as they will probably end up in a lake, river, pond, etc.
Wannabe Guru
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I've seen them at Henry-Doorly Zoo and in pet shops. A very big fish.
Algae Grower
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A great tropical pond fish. If you've ever seen the top down outline of one of these beauties in a pond you can understand their popularity and persistence in the hobby in-spite of their obscene size. They have great personalities to boot and train readily.
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I know a place that has a 7ft one in a tank. These are not aquarium fish, these are pond fish. Should not be kept by anyone who doesn't have a privately owned pond which has no access to other water. If you have a dechlorinated swimming pool, this would work great.

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