Black Devil Catfish (Hemibagrus Wyckii ) 20-22cm

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 Black Devil Catfish

(Hemibagrus Wyckii )


This species has an enormous distribution and occurs throughout much of central Indochina and western Indonesia.

Records exist from the Mekong and Chao Phraya drainages in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, the Pahang River drainage in Peninsular Malaysia, Batang Hari and Musi River drainages in Sumatra, the Citarum drainage in Java, and the Baram, Rejang, Kapuas and Barito systems in Borneo.

Type locality is given as ‘Java in flumine Tjitarum, provinciae Preanger, prope vicum Parongkalong’, which translates as Java, Tjitarum (Citarum) river, Preanger province, near Parongkalong village.


This species is a predator feeding primarily on crustaceans and smaller fishes, although there should be no need to use such live foods in captivity.

Smaller specimens will readily accept live or frozen bloodworm, Tubifex and most dried foods whereas adults can be offered earthworms, prawns/shrimp, mussels, strips of white fish flesh and larger sinking pellets.

Juveniles require a relatively high-protein diet whereas adults should not require feeding on a daily basis with 1-2 meals per week sufficient.

Adult Size: The largest specimen known to date measured 710 mm.
Recommended Tank Size: 200 gallons

Aggressively territorial and incompatible with other fishes in all but the largest public installations and even then may attack its tankmates.

It’s also one of few freshwater fishes that appear unafraid of humans meaning care must be exercised when performing maintenance.

Preferred Water Parameters

Temperature:       20=27 c

pH:                            6.0 - 8.0

Hardness:              36-357ppm  



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