Sorubim: Brazilian local name for sorubim lima and other large catfish:
A diet high in protein will result in a lot of ammonia. Very efficient filtration and a good tank maintenance schedule is mandatory to keep the water quality and oxygen levels high which are necessary to maintain Sorubim lima in tip top condition.
Sorubim lima is a piscivore which means that in the wild its diet is predominantly other fish. It is a very efficient ambush predator which waits motionless for its prey to come within range and then lunges forward to grab and swallow it whole.
Peaceful with fish which are to big to eat whole. Sorubim lima may also be kept in groups.
There are no known external differences between the sexes.
Not known in captivity.
Wild populations of Sorubim lima have not been evaluated.
Some Pimodelodid catfish will shed their outer layer of skin when under duress, but Sorubim lima does this periodically as a normal part of its behaviour. Once the skin has been shed, it is consumed by the fish. The whole process only takes a few seconds to complete.
pH: 6.5 - 7.8
dGH: 4 - 20
Temperature: 23 - 30°C (74 - 86°F)
Size: 50cm (20in), usually less.
Min tank size: ? litres
Difficulty level: Moderate
Aquarium type: Community/species
Swimming level: Lower
Origin: Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
Habitat: Rivers and lakes.
Species: S. lima, (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
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