Species name: Merodontotus tigrinus
Common Names: Zebra Shovelnose, Tigrinus cat/catfish, Tiger striped catfish
Family: Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered catfishes)
Max. size: 30 inches
Origin: South America. Amazon River basin.
Temperament: Aggressive towards its own species. Relatively friendly towards other species.
Company: Only keep with fish that are to large to be considered food..
Water parameters: pH 6.0-7.0, temperature 74-81° F
Aquarium setup: Large aquarium decorated with rocks and rots on a sandy bottom. Do not use sharp objects. Plants are not necessary. Do not keep two of these fishes together. Keep 1 or at least 3 to spread the aggression over several specimens.
Feeding: Accepts all kind of live food. Can be trained to accept frozen food and pellets.