C. macropterus, doing laps of the aquarium in expectation of food. Species description. The genus Calophysus belongs to the large family of the Pimelodidae. Wolfgang in his article likened Calophysus macropterus to any shark species in the way it moves in the water and its eating habits. The common name of the.

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This would precipitate having a larger tank of over 6ft cm in length 2′ 6″ 75cm depth and a mavropterus of 3′ 0″ 90cm so you see this is a fish for the serious catfish keeper. First slowly, then getting faster and as soon as the food morsel was located, snapping it fast, showing its hunting behaviour.

A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Calophysus macropterus

It skillfully understands to press its victim under usage of the forward spread and thereby making a larger radius of action possible with its upper barbels for a long time until biting is possible.

At this sight of this visitors automatically draw parallels to the swimming movements with sharks, particularly if C.

As soon as the keeper approaches the aquarium, C. Central and South American cichlids and above all the well fortified species are possible, in addition large L-catfish and with appropriate tank sized fresh water rays falophysus the genus Potamotrygon. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

They are predatory catfish with fast growth, but although somewhat dependent on the aquarium size too, 10 to 15 centimetres long specimens grow more than the double of there own length in the first year of there keeping.

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Calophysus macropterus also known as the PiracatingaVulture Catfishor Zamurito is a species of catfish order Siluriformes of the monotypic genus Calophysus of the family Pimelodidae. Wolfgang states that they can be kept with congeners, better with two or three and introduced together macroptrus the Aquarium as youngsters. For this purpose one lets them grow up together, best with two or three young animals.

If one adds other fish species which fit into the predatory pattern of the catfish, and this counts for example all livebearers from the Poeciliidae family, in addition Cyprinidae like the gold fish Carassius auratus auratusthen C. A preliminary macropetrus of the Siluriformes. Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way.

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Wolfgang in his article likened Calophyssu macropterus to any shark species in the way it moves in caophysus water and its eating habits. Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, ver since I set my eyes on this species, and the only time, was at a fish show that I was judging at in the North of England in about Some aquarists know this phenomenon: This catfish -related article is a stub.


Attracted by the smell and the death fight of the prey the possible species companions also take part, then the calophysjs of the prey is fed by all in a true devour orgy. For many catfish lovers it is manageable and at a just acceptable final length, and in addition contrary to some other predatory species, at all ages a complete beauty, making it an absolute recommendation.

The high-sensitive barbles leads the animal to the piece of trout lying on the ground. In nature predominantly with entrance of dawn they are active. Our thanks apply here for the Datz editorship and their nacropterus, Rainer Stawikowski, who gave us kind permission to publish this article on Scotcat. This article was published in April in the German publication: The hungrier it is the jerkier and in addition livelier it macropteruw and shows this by swimming up and down the front glass. There are still no consolidated findings to possibly present any sexual differences, probably however with adult animals the males are slimmer.

A “shark” in the fresh water aquarium: Two young animals of same size, which we socialised with one another, often would lie together, until one starts abruptly and after a short excursion in the tank associates itself again with the other one.

Young specimen of 13 cm in length, whose colouring is brighter than with older animals.

They bite obviously only if the size differences are noticeable or one tries to bring together an older specimen after longer single keeping with a possibly younger animal, then the smaller species can be seriously hurt and regarded even as food. The fin forward from the anal cavity. This page was last edited on 22 Marchat If you found this page helpful you can help keep ScotCat running by making a small donation, Thanks.

If the animal is full, it rests on its favourite place, but even this phase is interrupted in irregular fashion and swims in one or two rounds through the tank, before it rests itself back there again. Among one another this species even looks for body contact: So it is not surprising that the muzzle of C.

In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. It was small, about 10ins in length and didn’t gain an award, but I have never forgotten it and my memory was jogged once again by an article that was contributed to ScotCat 10 years later in by German aquarist and author, Wolfgang Ros, which you can read here.


An out and out predator so should only be kept with larger species such as South American cichlids, Oscars etc. Back to Aricles Index.

Calophysus macropterus – Wikipedia

Pimelodes macropterus, Pimelodus ctenodus, Pimeletropsis lateralis. Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely. Even for the viewer it is impressive: Calophysus macropterus Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: The upper barbles of Calopjysus macropterus are very long and reach back to the end of the caudal fin. Tankmates should be chosen with great care as this fish has the ability to bite and tear off pieces of flesh, [2] [4] although many who have actually kept macrppterus fish report no apparent signs of aggression.

Such losses are the reason this species has suffered such a reputation, however they can be avoided in the tank if sufficient food is always given, but understanding automatically that this happens with the keeping of predatory species.

If the catfish cannot devour the prey fish at one maxropterus it will, and also here the parallels to the sea predator are unmistakable, be made disabled calophysuss a bite in the tail fin or a separation of the complete tail.

Dorsal fin is defined as the medial fin on top of back. Keeping When stressed this species is quite oxygen needy, and it indicates this by cslophysus increased respiration rate, so moved specimens need rather a long time until they have acclimatised themselves, therefore the keeper should pay attention to sufficient ventilation.

Since it is no ambush predator but a more active species, tanks that are to be used should, if at all possible, be not less than two meters in length and a minimum depth of 70, or better, 80 centimetres. This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae. Besides this, it is durable, and with good filtering a temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius and otherwise “normal” water parameters, it is easily kept.