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Orinoco Dolphin Cat (Ageneiosus magoi) CareSheet


The Orinoco Dolphin Cat is a seldom observed and wonderfully patterned Dolphin or Duckbill catfish of the genus Ageneiosus found exclusively in the Orinoco and its tributaries in Colombia and Venezuela. The base yellowish hue of this species sets it apart from others in the genus, as do the characteristic broken stripes that generally run to the caudal fin. They are resilient and versatile in the aquarium, but they perform best with abundance of plants or driftwood for shelter. While they are calm with their tankmates of comparable size, they will consume any fish that fits in their enormous jaws.

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Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Insects and other invertebrates in the wild. Will accept most frozen and prepared sinking foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 7"
Recommended Tank Size: 50 Gallon
Compatibility: Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten but otherwise peaceful
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.0 - 7.5
Temp: 76-82F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: <30ppm