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With a possible total length up to 5 m (16 ft) and a maximum weight of over 300 kg (660 lb), the wels catfish is the largest true freshwater fish (as opposed to or ) in its region ( and parts of ). However, such lengths are rare and were hard to prove during the last century, but there is a somewhat credible report from the 19th century of a wels catfish of this size. cites Heckl's and Kner's old reports from about specimens 3 m (9.8 ft) long and 200–250 kg (440–550 lb) in weight, and Vogt's 1894 report of a specimen caught in which was 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in) long and weighed 68 kg (150 lb). In 1856, K. T. Kessler wrote about specimens from which were over 5 m (16 ft) long and weighed up to 400 kg (880 lb).
Like most freshwater bottom feeders, the wels catfish lives on worms, , , , and . Larger species have been observed to eat , , , aquatic such as and can also be . According to a study published by researchers at the , France in 2012, individuals of this species in environments outside of their normal habitats have been observed lunging out of the water to feed on on land. Out of all beaching behaviors observed and filmed in this study, 28% of them were successful in bird capture. Stable isotope analyses of catfish stomach contents using and revealed a highly variable dietary composition of terrestrial birds. This is likely the result of adapting their behavior to forage on novel prey in response to new environments upon its introduction to the in 1983 since this type of behavior has not been reported before within the native range of this species.
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Listed a critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Mekong giant catfish is one of the world's largest freshwater fishes. Other contenders include the Chinese paddlefish and the dog-eating catfishanother Mekong River giant.When you begin to populate your freshwater aquarium it will most likely be necessary to include some bottom feeders, scavengers and algae eaters. With nine classes and hundreds of individual varieties, freshwater catfish can fill all of these needs. To help you understand which catfish are right for your tank consult the guide below.The blue catfish is one of the largest freshwater fishes found in North America. They were first introduced into South Carolina in 1964 when they were stocked into Lake Marion.Otocinclus catfish are far smaller than Plecostomus, ranging from 2 to 5 inches with most staying around the 3 inch mark, and are a social fish. Unlike most other freshwater aquarium catfish Otos will get lonely if they are not kept in schools of at least three (preferably 6 or more). There are two types of Oto, the Golden Oto which is predominantly gold with a large horizontal black stripe running from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail, the Zebra Oto is black with several vertical white bands encircling the body. Otos are voracious eaters and a team of three can keep a 29 gallon tank spotless, in fact they may need additional algae wafers to supplement their diet after cleaning a dirty tank.