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Amazon sailfin catfish - Pterygoplichthys pardalis

Amazon sailfin catfish - Pterygoplichthys pardalis

Scientific name: Pterygoplichthys pardalis

Common name: Amazon sailfin catfish

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 41 - 46 cm (16.14 - 18.11 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 4.1 - 8.9

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 21°N (107.14 - 375ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 29 °C (71.6 - 84.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Amazon sailfin catfish is a herbivore, it should be given a high vegetable mater diet. Quality flake and algae wafers should provide the staple diet but it should also be offered treats of fresh vegetables like lettuce, spinach and peas.


South America; Amazon sailfin catfish can be found in the major river deltas.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


Tubes or clay piping should be added to the breeding tank to provide spawning sites. The male will clean the chosen site and invite the female in. When the eggs have been laid she will play no further part in the parenting. The male will guard the eggs and fry when they have hatched. When the fry emerge they can be fed on crushed flake, newly hatched brine shrimp or slivers taken from algae wafers.


The expected life span for Amazon sailfin catfish is 15 years.

Short description

Pterygoplichthys pardalis are quite a hardy fish but do produce a lot of waste. They can be aggressive as they mature to other adults of the same species.


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