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One of the largest of the Amazon giant catfish, the Piraiba is an important food fish throughout much of its range, which extends from the headwaters of the Amazon in the Andes to its mouth at the far Eastern edge of Brazil as well as the Guianas. Known to undertake massive migrations to spawn, this open water predator is typically found in murky, fast-moving waters in main river channels and due to its huge adult size and active nature is only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or indoor ponds. The true giant Piraiba is found in the coastal waters of Suriname, where our fish are collected from.

True Piraiba Catfish (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum)

Origin: Wild Suriname
Locale: Coastal rivers
Diet: Fish eater and predator. Will eat any fish small enough to fit in its large mouth
Adult Size: 60″
Recommended Tank Size: Only suitable for the largest home aquariums or, ideally, indoor ponds
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten and can be territorial, especially towards similar species

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm


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