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Asian Bumblebee Catfish


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Common & Latin Name: Asian Bumblebee Catfish (Pseudomystus siamensis)

Approximate size: 3-4cm

  • Tank size: Minimum 20 gallons for one fish, larger for groups.
  • Water parameters: Temperature: 75°F to 82°F, pH: 6.5 to 7.5, hardness: 5 to 15 dGH.
  • Filtration and water quality: Use a good filtration system, perform regular water changes.
  • Substrate and decor: Provide sandy substrate, caves, driftwood, and vegetation.
  • Tank mates: Peaceful community fish of similar size and temperament.
  • Feeding: Balanced diet of pellets, supplemented with live or frozen foods.
  • Feeding frequency: Small portions 1-2 times a day.
  • Behavior and activity: Nocturnal and shy, provide hiding places.
  • Lighting: Subdued lighting or shaded areas.
  • Water movement: Moderate water movement, avoid strong currents.
  • Observation and maintenance: Regular monitoring of health and tank conditions.

Pseudomystus siamensis, commonly known as the Asian bumblebee catfish, is a fascinating species often kept in freshwater aquariums. Proper care and attention are essential to ensure the well-being of these fish. Firstly, it is crucial to provide a suitable tank setup. The aquarium should be spacious, ideally a minimum of 30 gallons for a single fish, with plenty of hiding spots and caves to replicate their natural habitat. These catfish are nocturnal and appreciate having places to retreat during the day. It is also important to maintain good water quality by using a reliable filtration system and performing regular water changes.

Secondly, the diet of Pseudomystus siamensis should consist of a varied and balanced diet. They are primarily carnivorous and will relish live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small crustaceans. It is also beneficial to provide sinking pellets or tablets formulated for carnivorous fish. However, it is important not to overfeed them, as they have a relatively slow metabolism. Feeding small portions multiple times a day is generally recommended. Observing their feeding behavior will help determine the right amount of food they require. By maintaining a suitable tank environment and providing a nutritious diet, Pseudomystus siamensis can thrive and showcase their unique and captivating behaviors in an aquarium setting.

If you require any advice on keeping these fish, please contact us and speak to member of the team.


Answer: Yes, fish are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their fish shipped to them also so it doesn't make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.


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Answer: If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish, you need to know about the following main things: Size of your aquarium Firstly decide how much space you have for your new fish tank. Always go as big as you can fit, the bigger the better with fish keeping. Deciding what to fish to keep This will depend on the size of your aquarium. Research how big a fish is and will grow to. Small community to medium sized community set-ups are best to start with, unless you’re looking to create a biotope or species tank. Cycling your aquarium This is a very important part of keeping your cold water or tropical aquarium. Your filter is just a sponge and is no different than your washing-up sponge…until it’s “cycled” and loaded with beneficial bacteria. Maintaining your aquarium You should clean your tank on a weekly basis. A small 10-20% water change will help remove any build up of waste. Siphon your substrate and clean the glass, this will keep your tank nice and clean for your fish.


Answer: Yes, tropical fish will require a heater. A heater ensures the temperature stays steady during the course of the day. Generally, 25°C is the optimum temperature to keep most tropical fish, this is similar to what they are used to in their natural habitat.


Answer: The equipment you will need when it comes to caring for tropical fish include: A suitable fish tank Aquarium lighting Substrates and aquarium plants to help create a healthy ecosystem A filter system to keep your water clean and clear An aquarium heater A thermometer to keep to checks that the temperature is stable Aquarium test kits to check pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels Cleaning tools


Answer: In general, most tropical fish thrive on one or two feedings per day. You’ll need to adjust the quantity of food according to the size and quantity of fish in your tank. If your aquarium is new and you have just added your first fish, feed every other day and count the amount of food you are adding. A “pinch” is not accurate enough and may lead to overfeeding your fish.

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