Banjo Catfish

Catfish | Banjo Catfish

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Bunocephalus coracoideus

Common Name: Banjo Catfish, Guitarrita Catfish, Burrowing Catfish

Adult Size: 5 - 6 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Habitat: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallon

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 75 - 82°F 
  • pH Range: 6.0 – 8.0
  • Hardness Range: 15 - 20

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; high-quality sinking pellets, plants, and freeze-dried or frozen meaty foods will be readily accepted. These fish will eat most types of fish food, but they love live food such as bloodworms and daphnia. 

Breeding & Spawning: Although it’s possible to breed them in a tank, it’s not recommended due to the fact that they lay thousands of eggs at a single time – which is simply far too many fry to deal with. Added to this issue, it’s usual for some of the parents to eat either the eggs or the fry once they’ve hatched, so if you do decide to breed them, you’ll need to remove the eggs from the tank. 

Gender:  Males and females are similar in length, but females look plumper than males when viewed from the side.