Originally Posted by teeneythebetta
I saw on TV today some type of cat fish.. IT WAS FRIGGING SCARY. HUGE. Not the average cat fish.. i guess it was like.. a cousin of the cat fish mixed with a shark or something xD SCARY.
Actually some of the largest freshwater fish in the world are catfishes. Sparky comes from a long line of chubby fish! The biggest fish that has been verified was a mekong giant catfish that weighed in at 646 pounds (293 kilograms) and was nine feet long (2.7 meters).
Better not let him get that big, Sakura ;)
National Geographic article about this monster
Then there are also the goonch (Bagarius yarrelli
), piraiba (Brachyplatystoma spp
), and redtailed catfish (which is sometimes sold in the aquarium trade grr) on top of the wels catfish. After seeing his cousins, better keep an eye on Sparky's weight!