Giant featherback - Chitala lopis
Scientific name: Chitala lopis
Common name: Giant featherback
Usual size in fish tanks: 95 - 100 cm (37.4 - 39.37 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Highly carnivorous, Giant featherbacks require plenty of meaty foods to keep them going. They will accept beef heart, blood worms and feeder fish.
Asia; Giant featherback is native to the Mekong River Basin in Thailand.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet, there are no reported cases of Giant featherbacks breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span can be anything up to 50 years for Chitala lopis.
Giant featherbacks grow very large and should only be kept by the most experienced keepers. They are excellent jumpers so a tight fitting lid is a must. Add floating plants to the tank to make them feel comfortable but any other décor will be moved around at their leisure. These are definitely best kept in a single specimen tank.
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