Sun Catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma)

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Sun Catfish

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Sun Catfish

Horabagrus brachysoma

284 Litres (75 US G.)

30.5-45.7cm (12-18 ")


1 - 1.010


6.0 - 7.5

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years



Additional names

Sun Catfish, Günther's Catfish, Bullseye Catfish, Golden Red Tail Catfish, Solar Catfish, Eclipse Catfish

Additional scientific names

Pseudobagrus brachysoma, Macrones chryseus, Mystus chryseus, Pseudobagrus chryseus


These fish are endemic to Kerala, India.


It is near impossible to visually sex this fish and they are not known for being bred in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish is peaceful with similar sized or larger fish and it's own species. Should not be kept with smaller fish however, as they run the risk of being eaten.


Not a fussy eater, will take most prepared foods including sinking pellets and flake as well as live/frozen foods.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish does not like bright light and will only venture out during the day in dimly lit tanks. It must have lots of places to hide with many caves in wood and rocks provided.


Is predatory towards fish much smaller than itself. It is nocturnal and will probably only be seen when the lights go out.


Is a yellowish brown, with short barbels and a large black spots on either side of its flanks; also with a rounded dorsal fin and forked caudal fin.


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