Pangasius catfish

Pangasius catfish, Pangasius hypophthalmus

Native to the Mekong delta, in Southeast Asia, this species has long been popular in home aquariums, though, with a potential of reaching four feet in length, it outgrows most of them and is often offered to public aquariums as a “donation”. More recently, it has become an important food fish around the world, exported in vast amounts from Vietnam. In US markets it is sold as “Swai” or “Basa”, due to pressure from American catfish farmers.