Ictalurus furcatus
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Ictalurus furcatus

Common Names: Arkansas Blue
Arkansas Hybrid
Blue Channel Catfish
Blue Runner
Chucklehead Cat
Forktail Cat
Fulton Catfish
Great Blue Catfish
High Fin Blue Catfish
North American Blue Catfish
Silver Catfish
Synonyms: Pimelodus furcatus
Family: Ictaluridae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Pacific - North; Southeastern United States; Now widespread through United States and Southern Canada.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Predatory; Aggresive, predatory.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed live foods; bloodworms, fish, also accepts algae wafers and shrimp pellets. In the wild as it grows larger it eats ducks, and other water animals/birds as well. This fish is often sold to unwary aquarists by unscrupulous dealers; even though it is completely incompatible to any sort of aquarium life.
6.5 - 8.5
10°C - 22°C
50°F - 72°F
Potential Size: Male: 170cm (66.9")
Female: 170cm (66.9")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Hard to determine.
Breeding: Not sexually mature until 60 cm in length. Breeds in rivers (70-75 deg F) laying the eggs in dense vegetation/banks to protect them from swift currents. Both parents gaurd the eggs until fry swim away.
Variants: An albino form of the Channel Catfish has been developed and has become popular, due to the fact that it is much easier to view in dark-bottomed ponds than the wild-type.
Comments: Too large to live in any home aquarium.
Main Colours: Blue, Silver, Black
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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Image Credit: ;Koi Keeper
Submitted By: koi keeper
Contributors: gnr4ever8794, Natalie
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