Indian Torrent Catfish (Amblyceps mangois)

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Indian Torrent Catfish

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Indian Torrent Catfish

Amblyceps mangois

76 Litres (20 US G.)

9-12.5 cm (3.5-4.9")




7.0 - 7.5

18 -23 °C (64.4-73.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Indian Torrent Catfish, Biting Catfish, Fork-Tailed Catfish

Additional scientific names

Akysis kurzii


Found in fast-flowing pebble-strewn hill streams throughout Asia, from Pakistan to Thailand.


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Best in species tanks, but will not tolerate others of its own kind in close quarters. Due to it's preference to having a strong will only work with fish that tolerant similar conditions such as Danios.


In the wild they eat aquatic insects. In the aquarium they like live or frozen worms.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

In the aquarium this fish should be provided with sand in which to burrow and plenty of other hiding places. It should also have highly oxygenated water and a good current.


Territorial and aggressive towards others of its own kind and similar looking fish.


This is an unusual and elongate fish which is olive brown in colour and lighter on the belly. It has a broad blunt head with several sets of long barbels and 34-36 vertebrae. The eyes are small and the fins are generally translucent, the caudal fin is forked.


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