Phractocephalus hemioliopterus - Red Tail Catfish
Family - Pimelodidae
Order - Siluriformes
Length - Up to 60 inches
Recognition - Black body with white horizontal stripes and red tail.
Habitat - Deep freshwater bodies
Behavior - Omnivore
Residency - South America
Life Span - Up to 20 years in captivity
Of Special Note - This species can grow to immense lengths quickly and can easily reach 5 feet or more in captivity. It requires a massive aquarium of at least 300 gallons to provide adequate swimming room. This species is often cost prohibitive due to the cost of providing it with a tank and food.
The red tail catfish comes from South America and is a voracious predator, consuming mostly crustaceans and smaller fish. In captivity it can be fed dried or frozen foods as well as live food if you can afford it. The top of the aquarium should be secured in order to prevent this fish from jumping out.
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