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Jay Levy - 2014-04-22
I have a Rafael catfish that we purchased 1 year prior to my daughter being born. She is about to turn 19 years old, which makes my catfish about 20 years old. :-)

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Chris Baker - 2009-07-21
Im one of these people that have let tropical fish take over my life, I live for my fish. I take a particular interest in catfish. I've been reading the comments on Pangasius, this fish should not be sold in pet shops to people who do not realise their full potential. I have a tank measuring 9x3x3.5 and a 20,000 litre heated pond in the conservatory. My largest pangasius in nearly 3 feet long and weighs approx 26lbs. I have 6 in total, they were all cast offs from people who could no longer keep them due to size. In my opinion any animal,(whatever it is) that you buy, you should be able to look after it for the whole of its life. A lot of catfish like Pangasius, Shovel nose, Red tails, Giraffe cats, there's too many to list, but these are frequently available at fish stores from 2" to 6" and look lovely. But they won't tell you, you have a monster on your hands, some like Red Tails will eat most your tank when you get it home. I decided I wanted to KEEP these beautiful fish, so I bought and Built some huge tanks to be able to enjoy them for all their lives. (Recommend building as it's cheaper). If your not prepared to do this then just steer clear, don't waste yor time or money. Above all always research any fish your not sure about before you purchase it. Any fish I see or am offered for whatever reason, if I don't know details about it, I will always go and find out for myself and not take other peoples word for it. I suggest everyone does this. Also, people will tell you their max size in the wild. They seldom reach wild sizes in captivity, that doesn't mean a 6 foot Catfish will only grow 6 inches, it'll probably get to around 3.5 feet, so a little common sense is needed. Happy Fish Keeping.

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  • Paul Bishop - 2014-04-07
    Hi, I have got a Pangasius Catfish. I was told it would grow to within the size of my tank which is 80 Ltrs. But it is now too big and must be re-homed. I agree pet shops should be better informed and not sell these fish unless people are aware of the size tank they require. I am currently looking to find a suitable home for it...
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barb tuck - 2014-04-05
Is it normal for a pleco to stay on its back for 5 - 6 hrs? I thought it was dying, then all of a sudden it went nuts (swimming, jumping, diving).. now it follows me when I pass the tank..

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    That doesn't sound exactly typical, but it sounds like he is doing fine now. Just keep an eye on him to make sure you don't see any other signs of illness. Also do the recommended water changes (about a fifth of the tank once a month) and check the water quality and temperature.
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brenda - 2014-01-09
I have two sailfin plecos, 1 is 12-14 inches and 5 years old the other is 8-10 inches and 3 years old, why do they both swim at speed straight up and hit their heads on the glass top on the tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    Sounds like the tank may be too small to accommodate them.
  • SHAY - 2014-03-23
    The reason that they are doing that is because the tank may be dirty (not saying anything bad about your tank). They do it because in their natural habitat when the water in a lake or stream dries up the pleco would actually jump to another water source (Plecos have been known to actually hit their heads on the side of a aquarium until they cause damage to themself or even death). The reason that they are going to the top of your aquarium is because they actually use air to adjust its buoyancy. I hope this helps but the main thing is to 1. clean your tank (if needed) and 2. do not fill your tank up to the brim (I always leave 1/2 to 1/2 inch between the water level and the top of the tank and most importantly DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TANK'S LID UP UNATTENDED.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-14
I have an Iridescent Shark who has died twice before. The electricity went off and so did the heater. By morning the water was very cold and the fish was belly up and not moving. We went to bury him when we noticed his breathing. After an hour of the power coming back on he was swimming around like nothing happened. Is it normal for my fish to do this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Sounds like you have a very durable fish. And it sounds like it's 'normal' for him:)
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-23
    When moving we had the same thing happen. I turned the power off in the house overnight, forgetting about the fish tank. The fish was belly up for many hours. I told my wife to add hot water to the aquarium before she buried it when she called and told me the fish was dead. It is a year later and it is still happy fish.
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Alexander - 2004-02-23
Featherfin Synodontis (eupterus) is a relatively peaceful community fish, that cohabitates in my 90G tank with 5 bumblebee Gobies, one Gold Nugget Pleco, one Zebra Pleco and one Gold Line Pleco.
Recently, I added one Synodontis Angelicus after changes in the tank, that made it more structurally complex (meaning adding more hiding spaces in the form of rocks and caves, but also Mopani wood-specially treated, so it doesnt give the water a tea colour, but it maintains its nutritional characteristics.-)
The behaviour of the Featherfin is peaceful, even with the other Synodontis, and he is a marvel to watch.
Care should be taken to provide him with ample food (not only pellets, but also zuccini and cucumber will be appreciated and blood worms)and it will not fail you to show its magnificent dorsal and anal fins.
Nevertheless, if not placed in ample space - at least a 35 G is recommended- and not properly and adequately fed it might eat smaller fish and become aggresive.
Anyway, do you blame him if he does?

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  • rocky - 2014-03-14
    My featherfin is older than me and I'm 29. It is as lively today as it was 10 years ago.
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ana - 2014-03-10
So I've had a silver tip for about 3 weeks now. It's about 2 inches and is at salt water level 1.004 in a 30 gal. He was very active till I woke up and noticed he was very light, the black on its fins were discolored and it was in the bottom corner of the tank not even moving. I tried feeding it and it won't swim up, I threw in a tablespoon of salt along with quick start liquid stress coat and stress enzyme and still nothing. Any suggestion or opinions? I really care about it and don't want it to die on me.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    What color have his fins turned to? It sounds like it may be a fungal infection and you may want to treat for that. Also, is your tank setup relatively new? (the water balance may not be optimal yet), and do you do regular water changes? Make sure you change about a quarter of your tank at least monthly to keep the water in good condition.
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Khai - 2014-02-20
Hey I have 2 red tail catfish. One of them is doing great but another one didn't even move and eat. I just wanted to get any advice and what to do to make it active? Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Sounds stressed, like its sick or its unhappy. Things that come to my mind... is the tank big enough for these two huge fish to be comfortable? it could be a housing issue, And how long have you had it, if its new, has it been this way since you got it? if so, it may have had problems, and you should talk to your fish store right away
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Monique - 2014-02-07
I got a Pleco for our established aquarium with plenty of algae, it lived for one week. Mt temps are correct and my other fish are fine...was wondering what we did wrong before i get another one...any info would help. Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Pleco's are generally very hardy, a week suggests it may have had issues when you bought it. Talk to your supplier, they may replace it for you.
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Steven Cole - 2014-02-05
we bought a silver tipped shark. he is small, only a few inches. currently in a 10 gal fresh water tank. we have had him for a month now with 2 small koi, a rainbow shark, a bala shark and pleco. lately he has taking to swimming circuits around the tank. depth varies during these circuits but it's mostly closer to the top.what's wrong with him? we replace about 2/3 of the tank water every week. and filter operates perfect. plenty of oxygenation happening. is he just entertaining himself?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    It doesn't sound like he's sick, however these are very active fish. They get very big, at least 14' in length, and they grow large quickly. See the 'Aquarium Setup' section above, your tank is way to small for this fish, as well as most of your other fish. The tank is overcrowded and the problem will only get worse as the fish grow. A very general rule is 1'of fish per gallon or water, but the Silver-tipped Shark will need at least a 75 gallon tank.
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