Common name:  Spiny Catfish

Scientific Name: Acanthodoras cataphractus

Family: Doradidae

Max Size: 12 cm

pH Range: 6.0 - 8.0

Water Hardness: (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)  

Temperature: 21 - 26 °C

Reproduce: Spawning

Origin: South America

Temperament with same species: Peaceful

Temperament with other species: Peaceful

Tank Level: Bottom Level

Lifespan: Up to 15 years.

Feeding: The Spiny catfish is a nocturnal feeder, offer them some food after lights are out to make sure that they get their share of the meals. They will accept quality flake and catfish pellets along with a selection of live or frozen foods. Blood worms and brine shrimp are ideal.

Sexing: Females will be larger than the males with a plumper body shape.

Breeding: There are mixed reports of these breeding in the aquarium. Mature pairs have been seen digging a pit in the substrate and depositing their eggs. Both parents guarded the nest until hatching but there are no reports of fry surviving past this stage.

Spiny Catfish

SKU: 0000200010007
  • Specification's

    Common Name Spiny Catfish
    Scientific Name Acanthodoras cataphractus
    Origin                 South America
    Max Size  12 cm
    Community Safe Yes
    pH Range

    6.0 - 8.0

    Diet Type Omnivore
    Min Tank Size Small - Medium
    Temperature Range 21 - 26 C
    Care Level Moderate

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