One of the Amazon’s largest and most widespread giant catfish, the Jau or Gilded Catfish ranges from the headwaters of the river in the East to its mouth and most major tributaries. Throughout its range it is considered an important food fish. With wild specimens reported to reach well over 50″ in length, these fish are powerful, huge growing fish suitable only for public aquariums or very large tropical ponds or custom aquariums. In the wild, they are an active predator and scavenger, found in the fast-moving main river channels and preying on smaller fish, invertebrates, and carrion.
Origin: Wild Colombia
Diet: A large predator and scavenger in the wild, will eat anything small enough to fit in its mouth. In the aquarium, accepts most frozen and prepared sinking foods.
Adult Size: 55″
Recommended Tank Size: Realistically only suited for an indoor pond or the largest custom aquariums
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten and can be territorial, especially towards similar species
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.0 – 7.5