So called because of its reported ability to “walk” out of water (e.g. during storms or humid weather), the Walking Catfish is, first and foremost, a food fish. The main reason that it has become known in the hobby is that albinos, which are produced primarily for human consumption, are particularly attractive and are therefore of interest to some aquarists. However, owing to the large size that specimens can attain, the species is suitable only for the specialist who can cater adequately for its needs. This species may be illegal or restricted in some U. S. states and in parts of Canada; it is best to seek advice locally before purchase.
Other common name
- Clarias Catfish
- Widespread in tropical regions of Asia.
- Up to c.20in (50cm) reported.
- Predatory species; must not be kept with tankmates that are small enough to be swallowed.
- Wide range of live and chunky commercial foods accepted.
- Large, well covered, and well filtered. Decoration and shelters should consist of large pieces of bogwood, smooth rocks, or equivalent. Large, robust (or artificial) plants may be provided. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 68-77 F (20-25 C) adequate, but wider range tolerated.
- Not reported in aquaria. In the wild (or commercial farms), eggs are laid in burrows excavated in the banks of rivers and ponds.