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Native to the Colombian Rio Sucio, the Driftwood Catfish grows to about 27cm. Recognized by its vertically flattened head and body, bulging throat, vertically oriented caudal fin, and prominent chin whiskers, it boasts a long dorsal spine that seems to originate from its neck. Known for their peaceful and sociable nature, these catfish are often visible during the day, making them suitable companions for other gentle South American species, provided they are large enough not to fit in their mouths.

In captivity, Driftwood Catfish thrive in environments featuring soft substrate, driftwood logs and branches, slate and rock piles, caves, open swimming spaces, and dim lighting. Being surface feeders, they predominantly consume invertebrates, including terrestrial insects and aquatic larvae. They eagerly accept live meals in captivity, though they also tolerate frozen foods. Maintaining tank water temperatures between 24°C – 28°C and a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 is recommended.

These voracious eaters can appear quite robust, particularly the females. Given their maximum size of 27cm, a minimum tank size of 500 liters is advised. Providing hiding places along with ample free swimming space is crucial. Avoid housing them with aggressive species, as they are vulnerable during rest periods. Additionally, refrain from keeping them with smaller fish that might be unintentionally consumed.


  • Species: Trachelyopterus fisheri
  • Common Name: Driftwood Catfish
  • Origin: Colombian Rio Sucio
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • PH Range: 6 – 7
  • Temperature: Tropical 24°C – 28°C
  • Breed Type: Egg Layer
  • Current Size: Approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 27cm)
  • Sex: Un-sexed

Columbian Driftwood Catfish

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