Many of the bullhead catfishes, including this one, are considered primarily as food or bait fishes, although several species—again, including the Black Bullhead—are also popular in the hobby among catfish specialists. Small- or moderate-sized specimens may be housed in unheated aquaria, although its wide temperature tolerance also makes it suitable for appropriately large tropical setups.
- Ameiurus melas
- Widely distributed in North America and introduced into many locations outside its range.
- Up to 24 1/2in (62cm), but usually much smaller.
- Predatory; must not be housed with tankmates that are small enough to be swallowed.
- Live fish preferred (a factor that requires consideration prior to purchase), but other chunky livefoods and commercial diets may be accepted.
- Large, well filtered. Substantial decor, e.g. bogwood, must be provided. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: from 50-86°F (10-30°C).
- Challenging. Eggs are laid in a depression and guarded by the spawners, which also care for the fry for a short time after hatching.