Auchenoglanis occidentalis

"Giraffe Cat" "Congo"


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The giraffe catfish, Auchenoglanis occidentalis, is an African catfish. It is found in many important lakes and rivers such as the Nile and Lake Chad. Its distribution covers includes bodies of water from East Africa to West Africa. It generally lives in shallow waters with muddy bottoms. It eats plants off the floor of lakes and streams.

This fish has a maximum size of three feet. The giraffe-like pattern will fade with age to a two-tone mottled brown. Various subspecies have been described for this fish, indicating some geographical variation in coloration.

Eggs are scattered in a nest and guarded by the male.

Because of its large eventual size and its fast rate of growth, it is inappropriate for smaller aquaria. This fish will readily accept a variety of foods and is tolerant of a wide variety of water conditions. They will scavenge the aquarium looking for food, which could cause in the uprooting of plants.

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