Zamora Catfish (Auchenipterichthys thoracatus)

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Zamora Catfish

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Zamora Catfish

Auchenipterichthys thoracatus

132 Litres (35 US G.)

10-11 cm (3.9-4.3")




6.5 - 7.2

20 -24 °C (68-75.2°F)

7-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Zamora Catfish, Midnight Catfish

Additional scientific names

Auchenipterus thoracatus, Auchenipterus thoracicus

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males exhibit a modified anal fin similar to the gonopodium.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful fish that should be housed with equally-sized peaceful fish. Do not house with aggressive fish nor with very small fish as they may get eaten.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide plenty of hiding places in amongst bogwood. They need a spacious tank with hiding places and dim lighting.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A nocturnal fish that hides away during the day, using its dorsal and pelvic fins to anchor themselves in place.

Identification[edit | edit source]

When undisturbed this catfish is a beautiful inky bluish black colour that, in combination with many pin-prick white spots, do give the impression of a clear tropical sky at midnight hence the common name. Can be mis-labelled or mistaken for Auchenipterichthys coracoideus.

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