Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

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Channel Catfish

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Channel Catfish

Ictalurus punctatus

Challenging

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Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 8.0

[[Minimum temperature::10 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::32 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

4-30 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

15-30 years

Family

Ictaluridae



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Additional names

Channel Catfish, Spotted Bluecat

Additional scientific names

Silurus punctatus


Origin

North America: Central drainages of the United States to southern Canada and northern Mexico.

Sexing

Tank compatibility

This is an exceptionally large fish which should only be kept by those with very large tanks or indoor pond, outdoor ponds are also an option provided winters are not too harsh and it is legal to keep these non-native fish in your country. They do not intentionally bother smaller fish, but can hoover up very small fish or fish fry.

Diet

These big catfish are obligate carnivores but will take plant food as well. They will also take most pellets and flakes as well as thawed frozen food and live prey such as earthworms and fish, and this will get them to the surface so you can see them, they will otherwise spend most of their time on the bottom or prowling around for food.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Behaviour

Identification

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