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Phractocephalus hemiliopterus

Phractocephalus hemiliopterus, Schneider, 1901

Origin: Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, in deeper parts of rivers.Phractocephalus hemiliopterus

Etymology: Unk

Synonyms:Silurus hemiliopterus, Phractocephalus bicolor, Pirarara bicolor

First import:1970?

Description: See pictures

Care: A 3-5*2*1.5 meter tank, soft acidic water. The fish is actually unsuitable as an aquarium fish.

Temperature:20-26

Feeding: Fish

Size:Up to 1 meter 20.

pH: 6.0-7.0

Breeding:Unk

Sexual dimorphism:Unk

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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