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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Giraffe Catfish Auchenoglanis occidentalis

Giant Giraffe CatfishFound throughout Africa this charming catfish is named after the distinctive Giraffe patterning which is most pronounced in sub-adult specimens. It does however fade a little with age, turning to a more mottled brown colour.  Several sub-species are identifiable by colour variations across its vast geographic range, most notable being the Lake Tanganyika form.

Size in the wild is 90cm (36”), and while it is unlikely to reach this size in the home aquarium, it will require a large tank to feel comfortable.   Found in both lakes and rivers it is at home in a variety of water conditions in the temperature range 21° - 25°C (69° - 77°F) and pH 6.5 – 8.0.

Giraffe Catfish

Giraffe Catfish

Sex differences are unknown, but due to its size, breeding in the aquarium is highly unlikely.  It will accept a wide variety of live, frozen and processed food.  It has a relatively small mouth and a very peaceful temperament so is safe to keep with any fish to large to be considered food.  It does not eat plants, but will uproot them in its hunt for food. It does not appreciate very bright lighting.