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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Particularly young macropterks are to be macropteruus with macroptwrus 40 euro, which is comparatively low priced. As well as we never see our specimen digging, so plants will not be damaged, however they should be firmly fixed in the bottom, because otherwise with the occasionally hectic movements of the catfish, they will be uprooted. This article was published in April in the German publication: Some aquarists know this phenomenon: Calophysus macropterus Wolfgang Ros and Jakob Schmidt http: Retrieved from ” https: 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.

A catfish, which in appearance and behaviour and eating, even in its swimming movements has something similar with sharks. Your internet guide to all things catfish. In nature these flexible predators are even predominantly nourishing themselves on carrion, therefore comes the English description of “Vulture Catfish”. If the catfish cannot devour the prey fish at one time it will, and also here the parallels to the sea predator are unmistakable, be made disabled by a bite in the tail fin or a separation of the complete tail.

An out and out calophyss so should only be kept with larger species such calophysks South American cichlids, Oscars etc. Calophysus macropterus Lichtenstein, About five years old, specimen of 45 cm in length and a weight of over 1 kg, resting on its favourite place.


cslophysus Wolfgang in his article likened Calophysus macropterus to any shark species in the way it moves in the water and its eating habits. Amazon and Orinoco River basins. Keeping When stressed this species is quite oxygen needy, and it indicates this by an 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.

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

A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. The first attack is already done so fast that an intervention of the keeper usually comes too late.

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. The species is not choosey with the selection of its food and besides live foods such as earth worms it also gladly takes shrimps or fish filets, even food sticks or Forelli pellets are eaten.

Attracted by the smell and the death fight of the prey the possible species companions also take part, then the rest of the prey is fed by all in a true devour orgy. 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 of the genus Potamotrygon.

Under aquaristic aspects this interesting catfish to this day is undervalued and could be more frequently seen in big home aquariums to convince astonished visitors of its attractiveness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In its natural habitat C.

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. Dorsal fin is defined as the medial fin on top of back. With this specimen the bluish colouring is particularly strongly pronounced. Young specimen macropteris 13 cm in length, whose colouring is brighter than with older animals.

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Disputes among themselves are to be observed rather rarely. Retrieved May 23, The keeping of a certain fish species binds one in such a way that one turns to it again after many years of occupation with other ornamental fish. This catfish feels well if it has a sufficient swimming area calophysys to it. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Calophysus macropterus

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Aquarium specimen are also out during the day in this way. Caudal fin is defined as the mwcropterus fin. If you found this page helpful you can help keep ScotCat running by making a small donation, Thanks.

In its body form and patterning C.

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This fish has also been placed in its own family, Calophysidae. Your internet guide to all things catfish. This species is monotypic only species in the genus and as such the fins are different and there are differences in the teeth structure and a reduction in the swim bladder macopterus other members of the Pimelodidae family.

When reasonable planning even socialization is possible. In the rear of the aquarium, well secured stone structures or durable solitary falophysus should be present and roots or large stones as resting places, then a hiding place, into which the animal can retire itself completely, is not necessary.