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Also known as the Algae Eater, this bottom scavenger is very popular as it is extremely hardy. Suitable for both tropical and temperate tanks. They can reach almost 30cm fully grown, and can live for 5+ years given good tank conditions. Large specimens can be territorial, and may damage large slow moving fish. Coburg Aquarium stocks a variety of Live fish and Aquarium Products, 100% safe shipped to your door.


Features of Sucking Catfish:

  • A big suckermouth, which it uses for scraping algae and clinging to objects
  • Easy to care for, suitable for both tropical and temperate tanks
  • Has no scales, and named for their prominent barbels.


The Best Aquarium Size for Sucking Catfish:

Sucking Catfish can do well in a tank of 75L or larger. However, it depends on the size of your catfish. Also, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Sucking fish is a peaceful fish. It is easy to combine with other fish.

  • Tetras
  • Barbs
  • Discus
  • Apistogramma
  • Snails

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Feeding :

Algae eater, that will eat dry or frozen food, but prefers vegetable matter. As it is a bottom feeder, ensure that enough food reaches it. Sinking pellets are a useful feeding option.

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Sucking Catfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

filtration system is necessary. In the tank, you have to remove the wastes as early as possible. With the help of a strong filtration system, this task becomes easyMake sure the filter matches with your tank size.

Here are some great ones to consider:


Heater may needed in winter, the ideal tank temperature is 22 - 30° C. Thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.


Providing hiding places for them is of utmost importance. You may put some driftwood, rock caves, terra cotta spots or tubes in the aquarium. A hungry sucker fish will also eat any live plants, so if you want plants in the tank, they could be plastic or slik. 

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Install a safe aquarium lighting system inside so that you can keep an eye on the fish when feeding them. Sufficient light is also important for the growth of your live plants.


Sand and Dark Gravels are the recommended substrate.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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