Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus)

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Bigmouth Buffalo

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Bigmouth Buffalo

Ictiobus cyprinellus

1703 Litres (450 US G.)

120-123 cm (47.2-48.4")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 7.5

12.8-18.3°C (55 -65 °F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods

4-20 years

Family

Catostomidae



Additional names

Gourdhead, Redmouth Buffalo, Common Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Brown Buffalo

Additional scientific names

Sclerognathus cyprinella, Ictiobus cyprinella


Origin[edit | edit source]

North America: Hudson Bay, lower Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from Ontario to Saskatchewan in Canada and from Montana south to Louisiana in the USA.


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males will display breeding tubercles on the head, scales and fin rays during spawning season.


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Carnivorous large fish, not ideal of aquariums outside of public aquaria.


Diet[edit | edit source]

Eats live food such as crustaceans and worms, digs through the mud in shallow rivers to find food.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

The fish comes from rivers and lakes in North America. It is quite hardy and is found in most parts of the rivers and lakes, feeds in the shallower parts.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Large fish that doesn't strictly shoal, found in shallow water to feed, often with it's tail out of water. Is sought after to people who fish as they do grow to such large sizes, and even can be speared in the shallow waters. Can be eaten, but quite bony.


Identification[edit | edit source]

Olive brown in colour, long dorsal fin, the largest of the Buffalo fish.

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