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A heavily built fish, gray in colour with black mottling which varies with individual fish. Tail is elongated and eel like. Mouth is surrounded by whiskers.
Big, 30 - 50 cm in captivity. Up to one meter in the wild.
The population of catfish in the Torrens river, South Australia are a translocated population (i.e. someone put them there).
Tandanus tandanus are often sold in aquarium shops as a pet fish suitable for the goldfish tank or community aquarium. They are suitable for this only when they are young. I have seen large Tandanus kill goldfish.
This fish is unique in appearance and has an interesting pattern on it's body. Although nocturnal and sometimes reclusive by day, it can often be seen scrounging for food during daylight hours. Will often swim up to people who approach the aquarium, expecting to be fed. Can be trained to take food from the hand. Useful for keeping the aquarium clean. This is a spectacular fish when it gets big.