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

Origin[edit | edit source]

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

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

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.

Diet[edit | edit source]

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

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

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.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

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

Identification[edit | edit source]

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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