Common Name: Albino False Asian Redtail Catfish
Scientific Name: Hemibagrus nemurus sp. Albino
Other Names: Albino Hemibagrus
The Albino False Asian Redtail Catfish, scientifically known as Hemibagrus nemurus, is a captivating and sought-after fish species in the aquarium trade. Its stunning appearance, characterized by its albino coloration and distinctive features, makes it a popular choice among enthusiasts.
Habitat and Distribution:
Southeast Asia. Hemibagrus nemurus are native to freshwater environments in Southeast Asia, including countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. They inhabit slow-moving rivers, streams, and freshwater lakes with muddy or sandy substrates and ample vegetation.
Size and Lifespan:
In the wild, Hemibagrus nemurus can reach sizes of up to 16 inches or more. In captivity, they can grow to around 10-12 inches. Their lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years or more when provided with suitable care and conditions.
Diet and Behavior:
Hemibagrus nemurus are carnivorous predators that primarily feed on live or frozen foods such as fish, shrimp, and other aquatic prey. In an aquarium setting, they require a varied diet to maintain optimal health and growth. These catfish are known for their active and bold behavior, often patrolling the bottom of the tank and exploring their surroundings.
Breeding and Reproduction:
Breeding Hemibagrus nemurus in captivity is rare and challenging due to limited understanding of their reproductive behavior. Detailed information about their breeding requirements and practices is not widely available.
Aquarium Care and Tank Requirements:
Due to their potential size, Hemibagrus nemurus require a large aquarium of at least 75 gallons or more. Provide ample hiding spots, caves, and large pieces of driftwood to simulate their natural habitat and offer security. Maintain water temperature between 75-82°F and pH range of 6.0-7.5. Efficient filtration and regular water changes are essential to maintain water quality.
Ideal Tank Mates:
Hemibagrus nemurus are best kept with fish large enough to not fit inside of their mouth due to their predatory nature. Keeping them with smaller fish or invertebrates is not recommended, as they may be seen as potential prey.
Keeping Hemibagrus nemurus is relatively easy given their tank size requirements are met.
- Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- pH: 6.0-7.5
- General Hardness (GH): 5-15 dGH
- Carbonate Hardness (KH): 3-10 dKH
- Ammonia: 0 ppm
- Nitrite: 0 ppm
- Nitrate: < 20 ppm
- The Albino False Asian Redtail Catfish's stunning albino coloration adds a unique touch to any aquarium.
- Their growth rate can be rapid, so providing adequate space and accommodations is crucial to their well-being.
- Due to their predatory nature, it's important to be cautious when selecting tank mates to ensure compatibility and safety for all inhabitants.
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