Rusty Frogmouth Catfish (Chaca bankanensis)

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Rusty Frogmouth Catfish

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Rusty Frogmouth Catfish

Chaca bankanensis

151 Litres (40 US G.)

19-20 cm (7.5-7.9")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.2

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years

Family

Chacidae





Additional names

Rusty Frogmouth Catfish, Angler Catfish, Chocolate Frogmouth Catfish


Origin

Sexing

Males are larger and longer while females are shorter and more bulky.

Tank compatibility

Diet

An exclusive carnivore, with a only a stomach to digest protein, thereby lacking intestines to digest carbohydrates, etc. Protein takes a very long time to be completely digested. Prefers scaleless benthic fish (eg. juvenile Clarias spp.) & earthworms to crustaceans/spiny fish.

Feeding regime

It is better to under feed this fish e.g. 2-3 meals weekly, every other day & not more.

Environment Specifics

The aquarium should be dimly lit or by utilising floating plants. It should be spacious and well-filtered with plenty of hiding places.

Behaviour

Sedentary & prefers to remain motionless/camouflaged. Nocturnal & somewhat photophobic. An ambush predator with excellent camouflage, rendering it almost invisible in the right setting. Predatory, mainly piscivorous, living off benthic fish that wander to close within it's mouth. Can swallow prey almost as long as itself, but is not aggressive nor territorial by nature. Solitary creatures.

Identification

Head-profile from bird's eye view is typically bell-shaped, which tapers off into the rest of the body. Body colour tone is brown, ranging from the colour of dried blood to rusty brown. Rarely mottled/speckled, with a uniform body colouration.

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