Types of Catfish That You Must Know Before Maintaining Catfish


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Catfish is considered as one of the most popular type of fish to maintain among the fish-hobbyists. Not only because of their unique appearance, but also their long lifespan. They also can grow in the big size, depending on what types of catfish that you maintain.


Are you interested in maintaining the catfish? Before you buy this river fish, you'd better know their types based on the species, so, you will understand how to maintain them well. Here are some types of catfish that you must know:


1. Channel Catfish

Having "Ictalurus Punctatus" name in Latin, Channel catfish has the black spots in the body. However, if you find the Channel Catfish in the huge size, the spots might be disappeared. Therefore, you can recognize from its olive brown skin and its protruding upper jaw.


Channel catfish are commonly found on the river, reservoir, or the stream with the low or moderate flow. Feed the young channel catfish with the tiny insects, and feed the adults ones with the little fish, plant, insects, and the prawns.


2. Blue Catfish

Sometimes, it is difficult to distinguish between the channel catfish, and the blue catfish for both have the forked tail. But, there are the ways on how to distinguish these catfish species well.


First, it has a slight blue on the backside. It is quite different with the channel catfish who has olive-brown color. Second, the tail is more forked than the channel catfish.


Different from the channel catfish, at the young age, the blue catfish has eaten the smaller fish. So, it is better for you to give them tiny fish (with the size up to 4 inches) rather than insect since they were young. The adults' ones usually eat around 8 inches fish and invertebrates. You can find this type of catfish in the main river streams.


3. The Flathead Catfish

People actually had the reason why the catfish is called the flathead catfish. You can see that compared to other catfish, this kind of the catfish has a flat head. And another thing that distinguishes this catfish with other species is its yellow-brown or pale yellow.


The young flathead catfish love to eat invertebrates, living fish, and worms. When they become adults, they love to eat the bigger living fish, and it includes the other catfish. So, it is a big mistake to put this flathead catfish with other kinds of catfish.


The fish loves to live in water with the very slow current like in the deep pools.



Those are the types of catfish that you must know. Remember, different kinds of catfish eat different foods, live in the different current and habitat, and also has the different behavior. Understand those things so that your catfish has a long lifespan.