One of the rarer native Australian catfishes, the toothless catfish is easily identifiable by its long snout. Suitable for a community tank containing peaceful medium to large species. Found in clear flowing rivers, creeks and billabongs.
Toothless catifish grow large. Recommended aquarium size is 150 litres for this large growing catfish.
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Toothless catfish are a peaceful large catfish. Best kept with other peaceful medium to large community aquarium species or as a single specimen. Also, do not keep with crustaceans which may become a snack.
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This fish feeds on aquatic insects, mollusks, prawns, and bottom detritus by thrusting its snout into the sandy bottom. They prefer bulky high protein foods and will readily eat pellets, live, frozen and freeze dried foods.
A good filtration system is necessary as they can be heavy waste producers due to their voracious appetite and size. They enjoy clear and clean flowing waters. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate to effectively remove waste from the aquarium. Cannister filters are you best option for large aquariums.
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This fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 27° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures. A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.
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To mimic their natural habitat, we recommend adding live aquatic plants to your aquarium. Toothless catfish are a large species and can disrupt plants easily, however they require lots of driftwood in the aquarium for shelter, so we suggest using anubias planted on driftwood. Anubias is a hardy plant with a firm leaf that will tolerate moderate disruption and lower lighting. When planted on driftwood, the plant has no way of being uprooted. It's rooted to the driftwood already, and ready to go.
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Toothless Catfish love driftwood and enjoy lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Other ornaments large enough to swim around and hide around such as caves and pipes are also great options.
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Toothless Catfish prefer a more dimly lit aquarium. While, plants need sufficient light to grow LED lighting is an excellent choice to provide adjustable lighting as desired. LED lighting is also more efficient and runs cooler than traditional aquarium lights.
Aquarium sand or fine smooth gravels are a good substrate to mimic their natural environment. They can be seen searching for through in the substrate.
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