Pangasius sutchi, Fowler, 1937
Origin:Thailand, near Bangkok.
First European import: Germany, 1964, by the firm Tropicarium in Frankfurt.
Description: See picture.
Care: Larger tanks with lots of swimming space, and tempered light. Hardy fish that does well in virtually every community tank, although if kept single the fish are often shy and easily scared. There are many very similar species imported under the name Pangasius sutchi, some of which can grow up to 100 cm. Most species don't grow larger than 30 cm, but that's still too large for the average community tank. Pangasius sutchi are not very particular to waterconditions or surroundings, but it is recommended to keep them in schools of minimum 3 fish.
Temperature: 22-28 degrees.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is taken.
Size: up to 30 cm (100?, see care)
Breeding: Pangasius sutchi has not been bred in aquariums.
Sexual dimorphism: Unk.
Additional: The fish look a lot like sharks, and are often available in shops, although the fish are actually only suitable for larger showtanks. The fish in the lower picture could be another species, or a subspecies.
In many supermarkets frozen Panga filets are sold, these are Pangasius sutchi.
Picture references: Picture 1+2: E. Naus.
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