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Spotted pimelodus - Pimelodus maculatus

Spotted pimelodus - Pimelodus maculatus

Scientific name: Pimelodus maculatus

Common name: Spotted pimelodus

Family: Pimelodidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 20 cm (4.72 - 7.87 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 20°N (71.43 - 357.14ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 25 °C (69.8 - 77°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: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Spotted pimelodus will accept any foods offered but are particularly fond of blood worms. They will eat greedily making their belly expand to a rounded shape, this food should then last them for a week. Be careful not to over feed them as they will just not stop if food is being placed in the tank.


South America; Spotted pimelodus are found in the waterways of Brazil and Paraguay.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Spotted pimelodus breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Pimelodus maculatus is 8 years.

Short description

Planted areas need to be provided so that they can hide when they feel the need to do so. They are very active at night so could unsettle other tank mates during this period. Always keep Pimelodus maculatus with larger tank mates as they have been known to eat small fish in the dark hours.


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