This really is a fish destined to live a solitary
life due to the fact that it would eat just about
any other occupant that it could fit inside its mouth.
When keeping the this catfish it is essential to provide
the fish with oxygen-rich water due to the fact that
these fish are from highland streams. Regular 25%
water changes are also appreciated by this catfish.
Carry these changes out weekly and certainly no longer
than fortnightly. Diet: This truly
is a demon amongst the fish world, requiring meaty
foods at all times. In the wild this fish would predate
upon smaller fishes, but in an aquarium it can be
persuaded to feed upon cockles, mussels, whole prawns,
dead fish and earthworms. It is also documented that
this catfish when kept with fish bigger than itself,
that it would eat their scales. Remarks:
There are now five Bagarius species described.
The "Devil Catfish" Bagarius bagarius
from the Indian subcontinent. The "Dwarf Goonch"
B. vegrandis is found in Chao Phraya and
the Mekong. The "Flat head Goonch" B.
Suchus is found in Chao Phraya and the Mekong.
The Giant B. lica is found in every basin
except Salween. B. rutilis from Vietnam,
and the undescribed species B. sp. salween
which is only found in Salween. Bagarius lica
Volz, 1903 resurrected from synonymy with B. yarrelli
and now itself is a synonym of B. bagarius
is a valid species from Southeast Asia.