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Leiarius Pictus Catfish

Picture of Leiarius pictus, juvenile
Common nameSailfin catfish, Sailfin pim, Sailfin marbled pim
Scientific nameLeiarius pictus
SynonymsSciades pictus (not valid)
SizeUsually 24" (60cm), but can grow slightly larger.
OriginS. America: widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins.
Tank setupA very large tank (suggest 8' x 3' base area for adult), with plenty of open swimming space and a large cave for a refuge.
CompatibilityHighly predatory, will eat small fish. Territorial, and will be aggressive towards other similar catfish, and sometimes towards other species.
Temperature22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic to around neutral (pH 6.5-7.2) is preferable.
FeedingPredatory, will take all kinds of dead or live meaty foods, and also eats sinking or floating pellets.
SexingNo obvious differences, but females are larger and thicker in shape.
BreedingUnknown - no accounts of aquarium breeding, mainly due to the size of tank that would be required.
Comments This is a very confident and active catfish compared to many other large Pimelodidae catfish, and even juveniles become hand-tame very quickly. It should not be kept with other Pimelodid catfish in home aquaria; suitable catfish companions could include large Dorad catfish (e.g. Oxydoras, Megalodoras), though even these may be harrassed occasionally. Large but peaceful fish of the upper levels are usually tolerated.


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