Electric Catfish

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Malapterurus electricus - (Gmelin, 1789)
Electric Catfish

Capable of discharging a power shock, even at small sizes. Aaron Norman

[edit] Overview

Even at a small size, these predatory African catfishes can deliver a powerful shock and have been known to send other fishes housed with them hurtling across the aquarium. The large adult size of most species makes them risky to keep.

Family: Malapteruridae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Stream and river bottom with soft substrate and sunken logs and rocks.

Maximum length: 122 cm (48 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 1136 L (300 gal)

Water: Freshwater 23 °C (296 K, 73 °F) - 30 °C (303 K, 86 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Will readily take meaty foods and vegetable matter.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

A risk to tankmates, which can be stunned if shocked. Best kept in a species tank by itself.

[edit] Special Care

Do not underestimate the electric shock potential of these catfishes.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW
Facts about Electric CatfishRDF feed
Common name Electric Catfish  +
Family Malapteruridae  +
Genus Malapterurus  +
Image credit AN  +
Maximum length 48 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 300 gal  +
Native range Nile River  +, and Niger River  +
Reference 101 Best Tropical Fishes  +
Specific name electricus  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Text credit KW  +
Water max temp 303 K (30 °C, 86 °F)  +
Water min temp 296 K (23 °C, 73 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +