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blake - 2014-10-20
My pleco, despite being in a tank, has been recently burrowing around in the sand.(wriggling side to side) sooo is he/she showing breeding behavior or what is this? lol its making my tank a mess lol

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Well, it is normal for most plecos to dig in sand and under objects. Because yours has never done it before, it could be related to breeding behavior, as these fish excavated deep burrows in riverbanks for their nest. But it's nothing to worry about, except the mess:)
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Leon - 2014-10-16
I got my new red tail about 4 days before. it doesn't eat any food.very sluggish. is this normal behavior or not...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    It sounds like he's not too comfortable with the environment, and it may be that he is just acclimating as you've only had him for 4 days. But if his behavior doesn't change in time, you will want to look at his home. For example, is it big enough for him, and does it have enough places for him to hide, and make sure the water parameters are good and you are offering foods he will accept.
  • Leon - 2014-10-17
    May be he is acclimating slowly.. and this fish has only 1 eye.I didn't notice it wen I'm buy the fish..anyway I can't change the fish again.that fish seller wudnt accept it.. I think my tank size and, temprature is ok to it.. its 4 inch of size.. 1 day I seen its belly is flat next itz bit full that previous day..but I dnt know what was it ate..
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-17
    My tank is a small one. He is 5 inch of size.. I think its size ok for it... 2nd day I saw its belly was flat.then next day I saw its belly bit full.. but it hasn't ate any fish I offered t it .. n I hv kept tha tank in a place where it could get tha direct sunlight in the morning time for 2.or 3 hours.. I don't think my tank is too cold cz of that..
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    These fish are good eaters and feeding them is usually not a problem. They will usually start eating within a short period of time, and with a swollen belly  it does sound like he's found some type of food.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-18
    Thank u for the replies...today I got another RTc as a tank mate to my old one.I'm really love this catfish variety.. now my old one getting his food slowly.so I brought a new one.unfortunatly my old one started to bite the new one.what is the reason for this.this both not much difference of their size.old one is 5inch n new one is 4inch..
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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-15
Can i keep a 3 inch crayfish with:1 featherfin squeaker,2 african brown knife fish,2 spotted raphael catfish,2 farrowella twig catfish,1 baby whale,1 female rainbow shark,1 male betta,1 peppered loach,i kuhli loach,1 yoyo loach,1 peppered corydoras catfish,1 green corydoras,1 BN pleco,and aquatic plants(hornwort,cabomba,duckweed)?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    I would be cautious about adding a crayfish. They have one desire... eating, and you have several bottom dwellers that will be easy snacks. Maybe keep the crayfish in its own tank.
  • Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
    Ok,Thanks.
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Kim - 2014-10-09
I have a male peppered cory catfish that has been breeding with all my females. I watch the male chase the female if his choice, and they successfully breed. After the females places the eggs on the tank walls, I carefully remove them and place them in a well circulated container. After about two days the eggs show no signs of life and grow fungus. Is it possible to have A sterile male? If not, what could I be doing wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Hard to say what's going on, it could be possible the male is sterile. If the eggs are firm, then they are probably not dead. Fungus grows on dead eggs. The best fungicide for eggs is methalyne blue. Some people also add Red Cherry shrimp to help keep things clean in the grow out tank. Also to help prevent its growth make sure the tank water isn't stagnant (has adequate aeration). 
  • Kim healey - 2014-10-12
    I know my tank is clean and the water temp. Is ware it should be and the PH levels are also correct. I have a standard filter outside the tank, with oxygen, and I also have a slow but constant currant in the tank. My Corey's are happy and healthy enough to breed constantly. Every other day I wake up to multiple egg clusters all over the tank. But after 2 days they stay that white clear color, from what I've read means there not fertile and then the fungus grows:/...
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Tan Hui Chun - 2010-12-29
Can I keep my shark with mini lobster? Thanks.

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  • Thiven - 2014-10-12
    Yes. The shark swims in the middle of the tank and the lobster hides most of the day. I have them in the same tank and haven't had a single problem. They get along perfectly fine.
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brian - 2011-01-22
Hi I have a red tail cat fish and it won't stop swimming up on the glass rapidly swimming back and forth I don't know what to do he in like in a 56 tank it is a new one just got him in it but he was doing the same in the old one just started doing so I got a new tank 56 and he still is doing it what do I do? Is it the hp of the tank what do I do he barely ever stops swimming on the back on the glass looking like he wont's out of the tank lol ? plez help me

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    It sounds like it may be flukes. One of the characteristics of this disease is unusual racing around the tank. See this link: Flukes disease
  • Chris - 2011-05-27
    I have a 14 inch and he swims up and down during feeding time....but my retail shovelnose is smaller and I do notice him doing what you describe...but what worked for me is throwing in some dry baby shrimp and he eats and calms down....but it should be okay these fish are sometimes playful
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    This is exactly what my lungfish was doing before he died. Sounds like its cotton wool disease. It effects them from the inside out. But not to worry! My etc was in the same tank and he was able to recover from it with the help of medication I bought at the pet store. I used maricyn 1 and 2. Try to get the liquid form it works better than the powder. He will likely lose his appetite for a week or 2. Just give him feeder gold fish he should eat them. Make sure you take everything out of the tank and clean it really well. Best of luck to you and your fish!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Any other symptoms?
  • Hank - 2014-10-12
    mine did the same thing, i was told by an exotic fish dealer. This is them searching for food they have a voracious appetite. once its lil belly gets filled he'll calm down.
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Larry - 2009-11-23
I have 2 featherfins in a 55 gallon tank with a few zebra danios, glow-fin tetras, black tetras, and 2 golden algae eaters. They all get along just fine. I did have the same problems others mentioned with neon tetras disappearing, but only with neons. Featherfins just like the taste of neons apparently. The best way to introduce new fish to your tank with the territorial featherfins is to rearrange the tank. Move the plants and rocks around at the same time that you add the new fish. The confusion makes them think they are in a new area (which has the new fish), and the territory is no longer theirs. It has worked great for me for all fish except the neons. Just don't add neons to a tank with featherfins and you should be okay.

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  • Ryan - 2010-10-17
    I've actually been able to keep neons with featherfins successfully. I currently have 6 neons in my 55 gallon aquarium with 2 featherfins. But they were raised with many small fish which included 5 neons in my old 20 gallon aquarium. They usually don't get too aggressive towards bottom dwellers, but from time to time will spar with each other around the tank. But I have had 3 out of 7 kuli loaches die lately, but I don't know if it was from them or old age, but I hope you have greater luck with smaller fish with the guys!
  • Ren - 2013-01-24
    My featherfin ate 14 fresh shrimp in two days. Every weekend I would buy at least 10 and couldn't figure out where they were going. I owned it for a year before he ever came out of his cave so I call it Houdini, it had tripled in size when he finally showed up. It gets against the highest center piece and just hovers in a perfect vertical 90 and lets the bubbles go up his belly. Very enjoyable now that I see it, very playful with my 7' placo, they are like bff's, inseperable.
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S Raizada - 2014-10-11
Hi....I have a pond at home (approx 12feet X 8feet X 2.5feet deep). I have 6 red carps (four are 14 inches length and the other two are apprx 8inches). 2 months ago my neighborhood petshop guy told me that one of his clients had given him a 16 inch ID shark since it was too large for his aquarium. I brought that irid home and put it in my tank/pond ..... all seems fine as the irid is doing great and has taken well to the new habitat. I am wondering if there is a possibility of the irid causing harm to the smaller red carps ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Nice size pond. I doubt the Irid will cause any problems as it is a pretty shy fish. The carp, which are peaceful too, are actually the ones that would be the most likely to be pushy as they are social, active... and love to get to the food. But I don't think you'll have problems with any of them, you offer plenty of space for all.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my corydoras went mental and kept swimming forward 24 7

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    Water conditions will do that sometimes.  I would do an amonia test.
  • nancy - 2013-07-24
    My corys are a lot more active mid tank now. One of them has turned bluish and spends time with his mouth near the surface in the back corner. The other one entices it away to play but I think the blue one is slowly dying. I think the blue is from low oxygen. This has been going on for several weeks now. There is lots of oxygen in the tank from 2 filters and a power head too. Have yours changed color?
  • Kim - 2014-10-09
    You may have a high PH level.
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Spiff - 2009-01-26
Please, I hope nobody reading this decides to stock their tanks like some of the other commenters. 2 of these catfish with any other large fish in a 29gal is too many. 1 bala shark can't live in a 29 gal, let alone the 2 + plecos + synos that one person describes. Once these guys reach adulthood, they really ought to have a 55 gal or bigger to explore. Even if you only have 1.

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  • Mike - 2014-08-17
    My. feather fin is 2yrs old and he is 3-4 inches, he has 5 tank mates that are upside down catfish, in a 30 gallon. Is this adequate or not?
  • Psshh - 2014-08-18
    I have heard much about syno cats needing lots and lots of space. Based on my research and word of mouth, I would agree with Spiff. I personally only keep 1 syno in my 55. His tankmates include malawi mbuna cichlids and he does great! He is 6mns old and currently 4-5 inches in size.
  • Mike - 2014-08-20
    Pertaining to 'my' featherfin length being only 3 in a half inches, is 30galls adequate?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-21
    I'm guessing Mike, that it depends upon how fast your fish grows. As it gets bigger, you'll want to upgrade.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-21
    He's a little over two years old, 3 in a half inches, with five upside down catfish in a 30 gal. Is this adequate?
  • Mike - 2014-08-24
    ?????
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