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Goonch Catfish


Size: Approx. 12-14”

The Goonch catfish (Bagarius yarrelli) is a predatory fish found in fast-flowing rivers in the Indian subcontinent. This species is unique among catfishes in that it feeds mainly on fish, rather than invertebrates.

Goonch catfish is a species of catfish that can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh up to 220 pounds. They are a very aggressive fish, and have been known to attack people in the water. They are also known for their sharp teeth, which can easily puncture human flesh and also catch prey as large as 60% of their own body weight.


Minimum Tank Size: 300 gallons
Care Level: Medium
Temperament: Very aggressive
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Water Conditions: 72-82° F, pH 6.5-7.8
Max Size: 2m
Color Form: Same general colour pattern consisting of three darkly pigmented bands or blotches on the body. Irregularly placed spots may also be present on the body
Diet: Larval foods such as bloodworm and also shrimp. larger morsels (including fish) can be offered as the fish grows.
Compatibility: In nature, it is a truly excellent predator, typically hunting in groups. In captivity, exhibits very anti-social behaviour so introduce other (large) fishes with extreme care as it reportedly eats scales and fin parts of some large fish kept with it. Will eat anything smaller.
Origin: Ganges in India, and the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in Thailand
Family: Sisoridae
Lifespan: 5-10 years
Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate