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 The salmon catfish is an impressive large growing Australian catfish sure to be on the list of must have's for monster fish keeping. They have a shark like swimming style and grow up to 80cm in the right conditions. They do well in brackish water aquariums.

It is a generally peaceful shoaling species.

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Features of Salmon Catfish:

  • Long slender streamline body with forked tail
  • Barbels at the mouth
  • Deep grey to silver body
  • Bottom dweller 
  • Grows up to 80cm
  • Level of care: Intermediate


The Best Aquarium Size for Salmon Catfish:

Salmon Catfish grow large and rapidly. Recommended aquarium size is a minimum of 500 litres or more for this large growing catfish.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Salmon Catfish are a relatively peaceful large catfish that prefer to be kept in a school. Also, do not keep with crustaceans or small slow species which may become a snack. 


Salmon Catfish will accept most foods including sinking pellet, flake and wafers as well as blanched vegetables and live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp. They enjoy bulky high protein foods to supplement the diet. 

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Salmon Catfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Salmon Catfish

A good filtration system is necessary as they can be heavy waste producers due to their voracious appetite and size. 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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Aquarium Heater for Salmon Catfish

This fish enjoy temperatures between 24 - 28° 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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Aquarium Decorations for Salmon Catfish

Salmon Catfish grow large and are active swimmers. They do well in aquariums without decorations.

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Aquarium Lighting Salmon Catfish

Salmon Catfish do not have specific lighting requirements. Consider upgrading to LED lighting as it is more efficient and runs cooler than traditional aquarium lights.

Substrate for Salmon Catfish

Aquarium sand or fine smooth gravels are a good substrate to mimic their natural environment. 

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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