Phractocephalus hemiliopterus, Schneider, 1901
Origin: Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, in deeper parts of rivers.
Synonyms:Silurus hemiliopterus, Phractocephalus bicolor, Pirarara bicolor
Description: See pictures
Care: A 3-5*2*1.5 meter tank, soft acidic water. The fish is actually unsuitable as an aquarium fish.
Size:Up to 1 meter 20.
Prices: Juveniles are for sale occasionally, prices vary from 5€ to 15€.
Additional:The tail can produce a reddish fluid, which will color skin, and which is probably a defense mechanism. The fish, 3 or 4, are kept in Artis aquarium in Amsterdam, together with some arowanas, pacus, crenicichla xingu and Leporinus sp.
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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