Chaca: Because of the sound that this fish makes when out of water
The frogmouth catfish is a very efficient predator and will eat fish almost as large as itself if given the opportunity. Fish which are to big to eat will be ignored. Frogmouth catfish are extremely lethargic rarely moving at all except when ambushing prey. They can be kept in groups without any problem. This species make poor aquarium subjects due to their inactivity. They have a very sharp spine on their dorsal fin and so observe caution when handling this fish. Frequent water changes are necessary for this species because it is somehow able to lower the pH of its water, this could be problematic if the fish is confined to a very small tank. In its native land it is considered to be a venomous species by locals.
Wild frogmouth catfish feed on fish and shrimps along with other live prey which can be swallowed whole. In captivity they can be trained to accept dead prey as long as it appears to be moving and it is close to them. Note: feeding live vertebrate animals (fish) is illegal in the UK.
Adult females are shorter and more rounded than adult males.
Chaca bankanensis has never been bred in the home aquaria.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists Chaca bankanensis as 'Least Concern'. The fish is still common across many parts of its range but is facing the threat of loss of habitat. All specimens offered for sale will have been wild caught.
pH: 6 - 7.2
dGH: 2 - 10
Temperature: 24 - 28°C (76 - 82°F)
Size: 20cm (8in)
Min tank size: 100 litres
Difficulty level: Difficult
Aquarium type: Species
Swimming level: Bottom
Origin: Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Borneo.
Habitat: Found in swamp forest and streams with soft bottom, usually among leaf litter and aquatic vegetation
Species: C. bankanensis Bleeker, 1852