The Complete Guide to Eclipse Catfish Care

The Eclipse Catfish is actually a hard-to-discover varieties. It’s an after dark fish that is actually exciting to check out, yet if you’re thinking of including one to a reputable fish tank, you’ll possess to be actually watchful, as they will definitely consume any kind of fish that is actually smaller sized than they are actually.

In this write-up, I’ll talk about every thing you need to have to find out about lifting Eclipse Catfish. I’ll cover their history, diet regimen, wellness worries, as well as best environment as well as water specifications.

Eclipse Catfish Facts & Overview

Eclipse Catfish

Care Level:Easy
Temperament:Predatory with smaller fish
Color Form:Yellowish-brown
Lifespan:Up to 10 years
Size:12-18 inches
Minimum Tank Size:75 gallons
Tank Set-Up:Freshwater with caves, wood, and rocks
Compatibility:Fish of the same size or larger

Eclipse Catfish, scientific name Horabagrus Brachysoma, is native to Southwestern India, where they are found in the state of Kerala. They live in lakes, rivers, swamps, and pools, where they enjoy muddy and sandy habitats with thick plants and slow-moving currents.

In the wild, they feast on fish, insects, and muscles. As adults, they are large enough to eat insects from the ground and even frogs! Your home aquarium Eclipse Catfish won’t get big enough to eat a frog.

They have a number of other names, including:

  • Asian Sun Catfish
  • Burmese Sun Catfish
  • Indian Sun Catfish
  • Sun Catfish
  • Sunspot Catfish

Typical Behavior

Eclipse Catfish are predatory fish and will swallow up any fish that are smaller than they are.

They are quiet during the day and like to hide among the rocks, caves, and wood. However, at night, they are much more active.

They do enjoy eating and don’t like to stop, so you’ll have to develop a sense of how much your Eclipse Catfish needs so that you’ll be able to control their food intake. You don’t want to underfeed them, but you don’t want to overfeed them, either.


Designed to keep up a team of regarding 6, Eclipse Catfish come back when they are actually all together. That being actually mentioned, they are actually much more community-oriented when they are actually much younger, as well as much more singular when they are actually grownups.

Like some others catfish, Eclipse Catfish are actually rather threatening along with others of their varieties. It’s the guys that might deal with, yet their altercations shouldn’t injure as well as they won’t eliminate one another.


Eclipse Catfish are omnivores, so they will need a mix of protein and plant matter. They are also predators, so they’ll prefer the meaty protein; therefore, you’ll have to sneak the green goodness into their diets.

Although live food will be their first choice, they’ll also accept frozen and freeze-dried fish.

Good sources of protein include:

  • Earthworms
  • Insects
  • Invertebrates
  • Mussels
  • Shrimp
  • Small fish (yes, if you put them in an aquarium with smaller fish, Eclipse Catfish will eat them.)

Other food:

  • Dried pellets
  • Plant matter

You should feed your Eclipse Catfish a couple of times a day, but make sure to feed them only what they can consume in a few minutes. These fish create an enormous amount of waste, so it will be hard enough to keep their tank clean without adding to the job.


Sadly, Eclipse Catfish are a vulnerable species due to the fact that they are often exploited and their natural habitat is polluted. If you are fortunate enough to come into possession of an Eclipse Catfish, you should do everything you can to provide the best care for and protect this fish.

If the conditions in their natural habitat don’t change, they will soon be endangered.

Watch for signs of disease and illness, such as bulging or cloudy eyes, white spots, inflammation, open sores, and lethargy.

If your Eclipse Catfish has any of these symptoms, they may have a parasitic disease such as ich or Skin Flukes, or bacterial or viral infection. They must be quarantined and treated immediately.

The other thing you can do is make sure they have as large a tank as you can accommodate. One of the reasons they grow much larger in the wild is that they have a lot more room. The more room they have, the less stressed they’ll be, and the more likely they’ll thrive.


Although there have been reports of professionals successfully breeding Eclipse Catfish in captivity, there are no reported successes in a home aquarium. I do not recommend that you try.

We have suggested a 75-gallon minimum tank for one Eclipse Catfish, as these fish don’t grow nearly as large in captivity. These fish grow to a maximum of about 12 inches in captivity (30.5 cm), which is too small for them to reach sexual maturity.

In order to possibly ready them sexually for reproduction, you’d need a tank of at least 200 gallons in order for them to have enough space to grow large enough. Even on the off chance that you did have a tank large enough, that’s no guarantee that the Eclipse Catfish would reach that size.

In the wild, Eclipse Catfish are egg layers, with the males fertilizing the eggs after the females lay them.

Are Eclipse Catfish Suitable for your Aquarium?

Straight from the slow-moving backwaters and tributaries of Southwestern India to your home aquarium, Eclipse Catfish won’t do much during the day, but at night they are the life of the party, and you’ll enjoy watching them go after the live food you provide them.

As long as you have room for a larger tank and are not housing other catfish or smaller fish, Eclipse Catfish might be the right fish for you.

Do you keep Eclipse Catfish as singles or as a school? We’d love to know your experiences with these fish, so please share in the comments below.



Lucky author of (waited years for the domain). I've always kept a few tanks going. I keep a few African cichlids around in my 50 gallons but primarily focus on our 100 gallon which changes nearly every month depending on what my kids may have in mind.

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