Dear colleagues! Siamese Pangasius lives in freshwater bodies of Thailand and Laos. Externally, he is very similar to the sea predator shark.
Due to its remarkable appearance, it is often bred by aquarium lovers around the world. In Southeast Asia, this fish is generally bred on an industrial scale, and its meat is widely used in the manufacture of exotic dishes and sushi.
In addition to Pangaius Sushi, another predatory representative of Pangasius hypophophmusus is known, which has a larger size and aggressive character.
The body shape of the pangasius has a very similar orca. The head of this fish is flattened, the mouth is large, the bottom of which has a pair of whiskers.
The eyes are also quite large. The dorsal fin is like a shark, and the tail has two blades.
Anal fin in shark catfish is long. Young fish have a bluish color and two silver stripes that stretch along both sides.
These bands begin near the gill covers and end at the base of the tail.
The belly and mouth also have a silver color. As the fish grows, the stripes on the sides disappear and the body becomes darker.
Only the lower body of the fish has a silver color. In juveniles, all fins are either light gray or transparent in appearance. The male differs from the female in a smaller size and a pale color.
In nature, this fish can grow up to one and a half meters in length, but in aquarium conditions they rarely exceed 60 centimeters in length. The size of the fish depends directly on the food and the volume of the jar.
Shark catfish are very mobile and shy enough that loves to swim along the front and rear walls of the aquarium. If you like to keep active fish and watch their behavior, then the Siamese Pangasius is just for you. When you put a purchased catfish in an aquarium, he feels such a shock that he begins to rush wildly around the aquarium and take down everyone and everything.
He can also pretend to be dead or faint, stuck in a strange position on aquarium plants.
After some time, he will start running around the bank again. The rest of the aquarium fish at first with interest watching the new neighbor, but after a while their interest fades away. Shark catfish is ideal for a species aquarium.
As neighbors, it is possible to add large barbs (denison), cichlids, large gourami, kalamoihtov, labo, fish-knives and iris. All of these fish are medium in size.
Siamese Pangasius is kept mainly in the middle layer of water. To contain one individual will need to buy a large aquarium (at least 350 liters).
Coarse sand can be used as an aquarium substrate. Do not forget to place in the aquarium interesting and large snags, large pebbles and all sorts of aquarium plants that need to be securely fastened in the aquarium soil.
The water in the Siamese Pangasius aquarium should have the following parameters:
- temperature: 24-29 degrees;
- hardness: 2-15 degrees;
- pH: 6.5-8.0.
In addition, do not forget about adequate aeration and filtration of water, as well as to replace up to 30% of water with fresh water once a week. Be sure to include in the diet of shark catfish as much protein as possible.
Feed your impressive pet will have a live fish or defatted low-fat, veal, squid, beef heart and granulated dry food. Do not give soma flaky dry food so as not to cause problems with digestion.
Also watch out for feeding – these catfish are very voracious.
Since shark catfish are brought from Southeast Asia, this fish is very rarely bred. Under natural conditions, shark catfish breed in the period from June to November.
Since you are unlikely to succeed in meeting a person who breeds shark catfish at home, no one can tell the sensible reproduction process.