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Coral Catfish

Plotosus lineatus
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Coral Catfish also known as the Coral Cat, Saltwater Catfish, Marine Catfish or Striped Eel Catfish are found from the Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to southern Japan, southern Korea, and the Ogasawara Islands, south to Australia and Lord Howe Island. Palau and Yap in Micronesia.

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The Coral Catfish can be found in schools sifting into the substrate on and around reefs. The colour of the Coral Catfish changes as the fish matures. The young juveniles are entirely black. As they mature, the body becomes brown and yellow or white horizontal stripes appear. As an adult, the brightness of the colours fade.

In the wild, the Coral Catfish is found scavenging in the sand, so the aquarium should have a sandy bottom. It will dig in and out of the sand in search of food, so it is ideal to "sink" meaty foods to the tank bottom. The Coral Catfish is thought to go into freshwater river systems at times as an adult in the wild. It can accommodate salinity variations, but these should be kept to a minimum. The Coral Catfish is sensitive to copper-based medications.

Juvenile Coral Catfish form amazing and beautiful schools, and do not do well when separated. They may hide themselves and stop eating. Since they must be kept in groups and grow quite large as adults, they must be reserved for the largest home aquaria. As the Coral Cat matures, it begins to lose its schooling behavior.

The Coral Catfish should be kept with caution because its spines are venomous.

Feed a variety of fresh or frozen seafoods and pellet foods. They will eat any crustaceans that would fit into their mouths, however they will not harm corals.

Minimum Aquarium Size

300 L

Max Size

32 cm

Reef Safe

With caution

Temperament

Aggressive

Diet

Carnivore

Care

Easy

Origin

Western Pacific

Source

Wild Caught

Venomous

Yes

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