View Full Version : Baby Great White Shark Catfish

12-21-2008, 11:32 PM
I saw a weird catfish at my lfs, it was labeled "Baby Great White Catfish".:18: Turns out it was a Cetopsis Coecutiens, a vicious catfish from South America that is capable of tearing holes into fish much bigger than itself! Anyone here have one of these? They were a little bit pricey and was wondering if anyone here was selling them. This is what they look like.....

12-22-2008, 12:11 AM
Never seen those before.They look like they would need a huge tank of their own!

12-22-2008, 12:28 AM
Can get them for you under 1$ each but then you have to order 100 of them ;-)

12-22-2008, 12:37 AM
Beautiful. Something tells me they may not be easy to keep?

12-22-2008, 02:51 AM
From what I've read they need something upwards of 75 gallons, I think that might be as an adult though. They can grow to be 10 inches but have a very slow growth rate. The one I saw was about 2.5 inches. Also, they thrive on current and swim non-stop..hence the name great white shark.lol

12-22-2008, 03:08 AM
New fish to me, awesome looking cat.thumbs2:

12-22-2008, 06:38 PM
We have a big one and a few babies at the aquarium I volunteer at.

All they do is swim in orbits ALL DAY and they are dumb as bricks.

I would pass on it.

12-23-2008, 01:09 AM
How big Nightside? They never seem to sell any over 4 inches at my lfs, I started to think they needed more elaborate needs when they mature....

12-23-2008, 01:58 PM
How big Nightside? They never seem to sell any over 4 inches at my lfs, I started to think they needed more elaborate needs when they mature....

George is probably 8 or 9 inches long. He's about the build of a channel cat though if that gives you are reference.

He swims in orbits about a foot in diameter so take that into consideration if you REALLY want one. Apparently that's just what they do in captivity...

This guy feeds BRUTALLY too... haha Pretty neat to watch him feed.

01-05-2009, 12:54 AM
That is an awsome fish!

01-05-2009, 01:05 AM
Stay away!! They are mean and will kill any other fish it is with. learned the hard way.. :(

01-05-2009, 01:28 AM
That fish is awesome looking.

01-05-2009, 03:23 PM
I'll get a pic of George.


01-06-2009, 02:11 AM
Interesting catfish. Would be kind of cool in a species only tank...might also be a little boaring though.

Edit: The fish pictured in the first post appears to have no adipose fin. Is this a true catfish or another species with a poor (misleading) common name?

01-11-2009, 08:24 PM
cool lookin' catfish. but i wouldnt put the owkr into dedicating a tank to it, seems pretty boring from what people are saying.

01-14-2009, 09:50 AM
cool looking fish, but i agree with what most people are saying, I would not dedicate a tank to it. It might work with large cichlids in a really big tank, but i wouldn't chance it from your description of it tearing holes in larger fish. Seems to me to be one of those Oops fish, that stores shouldn't carry and wind up selling to people that have no clue. Unfortunately there are a large variety of fish like that, and the only way i can think of to help curb that trend is to not buy them. E.G. those little pacus and little plecos you see at every dang chain store, people put them in a 20 gal then they grow to over a foot long. Oops it outgrew my tank!

take a look at this. http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?image_id=6536

01-14-2009, 09:06 PM
It would eat the cichlids.

They are vicious.

01-15-2009, 07:08 AM
This would be my fear, dang thing eats or kills every other fish in the tank, no matter how tough they may be. I always think catfish, not a predatory fish at all, scavenger, in the back of my head. That's such a misconception on my part it is unbelievable its still in my thought pattern. I've kept shovelnose cats before and they are very predatory fish. I guess i just automatically have a picture of a nice little peaceful cory when i think catfish.

Course one look at that thing and i knew it wasn't so, just google image search em for 5 minutes, read a few of the articles it'll come up with and you'll know they aren't suitable for most home aquariums.

I didn't mean to suggest they should be kept with cichlids, just that it might be possible. Now i don't even think that's the case.

06-29-2009, 07:36 AM
If this is the fish I'm thinking of, it was on an Animal Planet show, and they are savage little monsters. More or less the piranha on crack version of the catfish. There's a story that some men were drunk, fell into the Amazon and were fished out and believed to have died of bullet wounds. Turns out the bullet wounds were the circular bite marks these fish use to bury themselves into the prey and eat them alive from the inside out. The men were completely hollow.

But I could be wrong. ^^

06-30-2009, 05:52 PM
I want one.... lol

07-19-2009, 01:47 AM
just dont fall int your tank lol

11-12-2009, 03:39 AM
one is housed in my lfs with kribs and little 2 inch uarus no issue, he just swims in one spot behind the filter tube constantly.

03-28-2011, 07:46 PM
Hi..... The great white cat-shark can grow up to 10 - 12 inches in captivity, they prefer to live in schools of atleast 2.... They are a very aggressive preditor much like parahnas.... mutalating fish from the inside out.... They are not a fish to be taken lightly or for a begginer aqariumist.... From baby's they can be started in aleast a 30gal but at mature length of 8-10 inches they need room to move. Recomnded size is atleast 50gal for 2, 75gal for 4 and so on.... they are easly cared for, eating feeder goldfish, guppies or rosey minnows. It is best if they're kept in a tank by themself. They are quite active and a thrill to watch as they grow, and love constint moving water........

03-28-2011, 08:01 PM
This thread is from 2009.

I think we can safely close it now