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Comments: This is a Premium Quality Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Fish like this in any of the live fish stores or in the online stores that we visit.
Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.
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Origin: This Catfish lives across a wide area in Northeastern India in the state of Bengal, where it was caught and shipped to us.
Maximum Size: This Catfish can grow to be 3" long, including their tails. Sometimes very old Golden Mystus Catfish are a bit longer.
Behaviors: They will usually lie motionless on the bottom of the aquarium. But if there is live food to be eaten, they become very active looking for it.
They'll eat anything live that fits into their wide mouths, including small fish.
Compatibility: They seem to tolerate other catfish well, and other fish that are too large to fit into their mouth, which are easy to underestimate, so be careful choosing tankmates.
Temperature: They live well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 75 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Pellet Food.
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Water Conditions: This Catfish seems to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and more hardness but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon aquarium, when they're less than 3" long, but a bigger aquarium is always better.
Decor: These Catfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but these catfish do not need live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
A Penguin 350B Filter in an aquarium with 30-gallons of water is OK to start with a few of these Catfish that are less than 3" long.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: These Catfish can live for several years, probably many years, provided they're fed premium food and kept in a very large aquarium with very fresh water.
Gender: As they mature females presumably become plumper than males.The males
Breeding: There have been no reports of spawning this catfish in an aquarium, but closely related species have been spawned in an aquarium.
Popularity: This Catfish is rare but folks that have them, love them.
Names: The scientific name is Mystus tengara.
Variations: We do not now know of any variations of this species.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrTom - 02/20/2019
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