Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)

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Brown Bullhead

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Brown Bullhead Catfish

Ameiurus nebulosus

757 Litres (200 US G.)

35.6-50.8cm (14-20 ")




6.6 - 7.6

16 -26 °C (60.8-78.8°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

6-9 years



Additional names

Brown Bullhead, Barbotte Brune, Northern Brown Bullhead

Additional scientific names

Ameiurus lacustris, Ameiurus vulgaris, Amiurus catus, Amiurus nebulosus, Amiurus vulgaris, Ictalurus nebulosus, Pimelodus atrarius, Pimelodus catus, Pimelodus felis, Pimelodus nebulosus, Pimelodus vulgaris, Silurus coenosis

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are fuller bodied when breeding.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Smaller fish will disappear overnight. Peaceful with fish it can not swallow.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Commercial flake food, bloodworms, lean meats, and tubifex worms are favourites of the bullhead. In the wild they will eat algae, small fish, molluscs, and insects.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A coldwater fish, hardy and can survive in outdoor ponds in temperate regions.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

These fish are mainly nocturnal, but may be active during the day.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Can be mistaken for Ameiurus melas but has 5-8 large saw like teeth on rear of pectoral spine. It is a large fish with several barbels around the mouth. The body is olive-green/brown in colour with a paler belly while the fins are brown.

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