Leiarius pictus, juvenile and adult.
Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Sailfin catfish, Sailfin pim, Sailfin marbled pim|
|Scientific name:||Leiarius pictus|
|Synonyms:||Sciades pictus (not valid)|
|Size:||Usually 24" (60cm), but can grow slightly larger.|
|Origin:||South America: widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins.|
|Tank setup:||A very large tank (suggest 8' x 3' base area for adult), with plenty of open swimming space
and a large cave for a refuge.|
|Compatibility:||Highly predatory, will eat small fish. Territorial, and will be aggressive towards other similar
catfish, and sometimes towards other species.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, slightly acidic to around neutral (pH 6.5-7.2) is preferable.|
|Feeding:||Meaty foods such as whitebait, mussel, prawn and earthworm, and also sinking catfish pellets.|
|Sexing:||No obvious differences, but females are larger and thicker in shape.|
|Breeding:||Unknown - no accounts of aquarium breeding, mainly due to the size of tank that would be required.|
This is a very confident and active catfish compared to many other large Pimelodidae catfish, and even juveniles become hand-tame very quickly.
It should not be kept with other Pimelodid catfish in home aquaria; suitable catfish companions could include large Dorad catfish
(e.g. Oxydoras, Megalodoras), though even these may be harrassed occasionally. Large but peaceful fish of the upper levels are usually tolerated.