Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus)

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Shovelnose Sturgeon

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Shovelnose Sturgeon

Scaphirhynchus platorynchus

3785 Litres (1000 US G.)

39-95 cm (15.4-37.4")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.5

16 -23 °C (60.8-73.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

20-43 years

Family

Acipenseridae





Additional names

Shovelnose Sturgeon, Sand Sturgeon

Additional scientific names

Accipenser platorynchus


Origin

A North American species of Sturgeon found in the bottom of main channels and embayments of large turbid rivers; frequently in flowing water over sand and mixed with gravel and mud.

Sexing

Tank compatibility

A large bottom dweller that should not be kept with small companions as they are likely to be eaten.

Diet

They feed on the bottom, so you should give them special sturgeon diets or large pellets meant for large predatory fish.

Feeding regime

Environment Specifics

These fish grow too large for an aquarium and are strictly pond fish. They should not be considered for a pond anything less than 3785 Litres (1000 US G.), over 7571 Litres (2000 US G.) is better.

Behaviour

Identification

Notes[edit]

  • This fish is considered an endangered species and therefore is restricted in terms of international trade.[1]

Pictures[edit]

References[edit]

  1. CITES II since 01/04/98

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