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