Animal Stories - Catfish


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chris - 2010-12-20
What does it mean when you're Bristlnose lies on it's back, but is still alive and breathing and fine when you put food in?

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  • Janet - 2013-02-12
    Hi I remember seeing a picture in a book of a bristle-nose laid on its back with a circle of cucumber around it. It had eaten all the middle and was resting so don't worry I understand this to be normal behaviour when they are full lol. Janet
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jodie mains - 2012-09-22
i have a tank with roughly 120 bristlenose catfish any body intersted give me a call 07796345157

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-09
    I love these catfish, I have 4 juveniles that are growing well and will soon be needing their own tanks. But I hope to breed them. (Hopefully I'll have one of each sex!)
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Dusty - 2013-02-07
I have an 11 year old synodontis catfish in a 55 gallon tank with two tinfoil barbs, which are all about 8 inches long. My fish eat so much that I put an automatic feeder on the tank so I don't under feed them. My catfish ate all other tank mates that I have tried: Chinese algae eaters, a red tail shark, and even pearl garamies. I quit trying to add other fish after that.

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josh fisk - 2013-01-30
does anyone's featherfin have a tail that has three points? sort of like a trident

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    That's really strange, not usual for this catfish:)
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Animal-World info on Striped Raphael Catfish
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Anthony Pollock - 2013-01-28
I have a striped catfish to say he is a character is an understatement. His friends in the tank with him are 2 white oscars, a piranah, and a largish plec they all happily get along but would love a mate for it, he has lots of places to hide but prefers to get out and about with his friends. Any ideas how I can tell if it's male or female def. want to get a partner for it :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    Adult females are wider when viewed from above.  Difficult if you do not have others to compare to it.
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Gina - 2012-11-16
I adopted my Cory under very SAD conditions... Came home to a neighbor moving and noticed a freshly-emptied fishtank near his vehicle and I instinctively looked at the gravel to see what contents he tossed and.. (you guessed it!).. noticed 2 inches of fish laying in the 94 degree heat in direct sunlight. Poor thing had laid there for about three minutes. Scooped that bad-boy up and ran to the spicket and scolded my neighbor for being so careless. Well, fishy was in shock for about a week - understandably so.. but he survived.. this happened 6 months ago. He's now got a litter-mate and a few goldfish as his adopted family, and he's a real trooper. I <3 my fishies!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-16
    Good going -
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nawal - 2013-01-03
i have 5' RTC for the last 1 week we are feeding him with small pieces of chicken (5 pcs. per meal)day and night, however starting yesterday he starts to vomit some of the chicken and avoid eating anything, water is regularly changed also. what i have to do to bring back his appetite? i dont want him to die. pls. help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Some times chicken can be hard to process, the protien can be hard on the fish.  Try some live food to get appetite back and stick with foods that come from the water as these are easier for the fish to digest.
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Karen - 2012-11-28
I just got two Raphaels and one has a huge belly. The other one stays with this one constantly. I have read that they are hard to breed. If they are going to spawn, is there anything that I need to do:separate the two from the other fish, etc.? Thanx!

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  • Jerry Cloutier - 2012-12-30
    I have two striped Raphaels, one of whom is going on 15 yrs old and the other whos is 7 yrs old. Both have huge bellies as you describe. They are both healthy and from what I have seen, the huge belly is simply a characteristic of this fish once it becomes an adult. I doubt your Raphies are spawning.....I'd guess they are simply being the fish that they are.
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Tawny Ross - 2012-12-15
Can anyone tell me if the Raphael will help control algae at all? I have lost yet another Pleco and don't want to spend another $50 to get the size I need for one to survive my Oscars. I stumbled upon the Raphael as a good tank mate for Oscars. I have very aggressive Oscars so I need a fish that can clean my tank that they can't harm. I have started feeding live fish and that has helped a ton. They didn't kill my last Pleco, I lost him to low water temps. Winter hit and my heater had trouble keeping up, so I have added a second heater to my tank.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Unfortunatly they will not do the job of a pleco.  An algae magnet on the tank will do a nice job leaving the algae to be easily vacuumed.
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sharon - 2012-04-11
Hi I just bought a tank and it had a big plec in but it's spotted skin is dark and other parts very faded please help me

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-12
    Some times it is just there natural camo. How is your amonia levels? This will some time wash out a fish's color if it is too high.
  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, just read your note,my pleco was 3' a year ago now 11'. It will cost a small fortune to get a tank big enough for him/her? What do other fish lovers recommend. Another reader stated that if they don't have a big enough tank the inside keeps growing and the upside stops because of the tank size and they can explode.  Please say this is'nt true.
  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, just read you note, my pleco was 3' a year ago now 11'.It will cost a small fortune to get a tank big enough for him/her? What do other fish lovers recommend. Another reader stated that if they don't have a big enough tank the inside keeps growing and the outside stops because of the tank size and they can explode. Please say this is'nt true.
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