Banjo Catfish Care Sheet



  • Scientific Names: Bunocephalus coracoideus, Dysichthys coracoideus
  • Lifespan: Approximately 6-12 years if proper care is given
  • Size: Approximately 4.5 to 9 inches
  • Care: Easy
  • Community: Yes, as long as you have lots of room for them to move around. At least 15 gallons per Banjo Catfish.
  • Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day.

Tank Requirements

  • Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallon tank
  • Water Temperature Range: 68 – 78 °F
  • Water pH Range: 6.0 – 8.0
  • Water Hardness Range: 2-20 dGH

Perform a 10%-25% water change weekly. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a water change twice a week.



A hood is recommended as it aids in helping your fish stay in the tank. Also, the hood keeps debris or dust from falling into the tank.


For Lighting: Full spectrum lighting – T5 is recommended.


Every fish and tank is different, so it is important to know what you’re dealing with. Some fish love a lot of current and others love no current at all like bettas. Some fish tanks are tiny and some are huge. Knowing what you have, or what you are going to have will help aid you in deciding which filter to go with. Check this article here to select which filter you should go with.


Silk fake plants, live plants, and decorative ornaments may be put into a Banjo Catfish’s tank. However, use caution when using real plants. Banjo catfish love to dig in the sand and will uproot the plants from the bottom of the tank. It’s probably best to not use real plants, to avoid this issue.


Since the Banjo Catfish is an omnivore. It should be fed a varied diet consisting ideally of tropical flake food/sinking pellets, occasional vegetation and bloodworm/daphnia etc.


The best substrate to use for a banjo catfish is sand. Banjo catfish love to dig and stay motionless on the bottom of the tank, to stay camouflaged. Gravel and rock type substrate will be troublesome for banjo catfish in regards to digging.


Note: The information on this banjo catfish care sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care.

Leave a Reply