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Gulper Catfish - Asterophysus batrachus

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The Gulper Catfish (Asterophysus batrachus) is a highly unusual and rare catfish. It gets its common name from its feeding habits, attempting to "gulp" almost everything it can (including fish almost twice its own length!). They are bottom dwellers with greyish bodies, a big mouth and a lower jaw that extends past its upper jaw.

These fish do not need to be fed often - once or twice a week is enough for adults - but they can be fed smaller meals more frequently. Meaty foods like krill, shrimp, beefheart and similar items are appropriate. They are mostly nocturnal and need plenty of swimming room. Plenty of cover like driftwood and plants will help encourage them to be more active.

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Specifications
MPN
1215-catfish
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameGulper Catfish
Scientific NameAsterophysus batrachus
OriginSouth America
Max Size (in inches)10
Community SafeYes, with larger fish only
pH Range5.6-7.0
DietCarnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)120
Temperature Range75-82
DifficultyModerate
Internal Id
45911

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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