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KatiJ - 2012-08-25
I bought two silver tipped cat-sharks a few days ago. They were acting quite erratically, swimming side to side in the tank bouncing off of the glass. When I left my house this afternoon both fish were doing fine and ate with my other fish as usual. When I returned home a few hours later, they were both upside down at the top of the tank. One of them was clearly dead, and the other was laying there twitching quite a bit (kind of looked like a seizure). So I removed them from the tank and looked closer. The one fish looked pretty much normal aside from looking like it had a loose piece of skin here and there, and a small hole on the top of its head, nothing that looked really violent like an attack from another fish. Then I looked at the second one, it had a beige-ish looking semi see through substance on it, also there was a hole on the top of its head between its eyes like the other fish but it was ragged looking with the weird substance on it. Their nostrils looked a little beaten up from hitting the glass also. I tested the PH, Nitrite, Nitrate, and Ammonia levels: all were normal except the PH and Ammonia. I checked the PH this morning and it was 7.5 ppm, then it jumped to 8 ppm. and the ammonia was at 4 ppm. I have no idea what happened here and I know its a lot of information, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    I'm guessing they were sick when you got them... possibly a parasitic infection.
  • The Cat - 2012-10-29
    The hole in the head is probaly hole-in-head disease. But the other things I don't know.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-05
WHERE CAN I GET ONE?!?!?! every online store I go to is sold out or don't have them and I don't know any pet stores near fairfax county that have them. Can you give me a website or address?

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  • bassmasterpro - 2012-10-28
    i have a bud that owns a HUGE aquarium store and i can get yall one half off
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bassmasterpro - 2012-10-28
i have 10 in my 250 gallon the do great i feed them very very very small baitfish at 1 in the morning , they seem peaceful , but deep down inside there predators . also very stealthy and hide alot

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Angie - 2012-03-07
I got 2 of them a couple weeks ago, didn't see them for almost a week. I thought for sure they were dead somewhere in the tank so I moved a few things around looking for them and still couldn't find them. The next morning when I fed the fish I saw one pop its head out and when he saw the food he came right out and started feeding. Now it seems they have learned the feeding routine and when they hear the lid they both come out and swim around eating. they are beautiful and dont bother any of the other fish. I did notice that one hasnt changed in size and the other almost looks pregnant and its color is much darker than the other. they were the same size a couple weeks ago and now they are about a cm different. All the info i can find just says they are not easily bred in captivity but is it possible mine came to me pregnant? Are they live bearers or do they lay eggs?

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  • Angie - 2012-04-09
    Well its been a few months since I got my 2 and they have doubled in size!
  • questions online - 2012-05-12
    This helped me as well
  • talking to - 2012-06-10
    this helped me as well
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are egg layers. Hard to say if you have a female bearing eggs though. If you do... how exciting:)
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em - 2012-10-21
I recently bought a hi fin pangenese shark I have set up a an aquarium its a little over 250 liters is that big enough for him I try to get info on the net but nothing seems to be giving me the info I need! Like how. Warm must the water be its sits on 20 to 23 and he's seems to be ok . What do I feed him as all I have been feeding him is blood worms for about 3 weeks now a block in the morning and at night I realy need helphe has cost me a lot of money and don't want him to die!! I'm not sure if its a female or male he's small and black and can I put guppies in there for him to eat!! Help help help thanks em

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-22
     

    The tank is a bit too small.  They need at least 100 gallons to start and even that big tank will need upgrading to over 300 gallons.  It really needs more of a variety of foods.  In the home aquarium they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, flake and pellet foods. These fish must have a balanced diet of green and meaty foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake or pellet food two to three times daily, but give them only what they can consume within 5-10 minutes. Also feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms. You can supplement with live foods such as feeder fish, which have been quarantined and fed proper food, to gain excellent nutritional value. Additionally, these fish will accept live crickets, or worms.
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Pat campeau - 2012-10-20
I've enjoyed a 6 year old Striped Raphael. Named her Princes Di...she's shy, and loves to eat fancy baby clams/baby shrimp from a can (you can put clams/shrimp in a baggie, and keep fresh in the freezer until needed.

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pearl Murphy - 2012-10-14
My son in law has a Amazon Redtail Catfish, which has now developed a sort of fungi on his head down to his dorsal fin and now also other parts of his body please can you help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Sounds like a fungal infection, which will have to be treated or it can eventually kill your fish. Treating the tank with a fungus cure (there's several brands available at pet stores) is your best first step. You can isolate the fish in a hospital tank if needed. Also try to figure out what's up the the tank, and make sure your doing regular water changes..
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Kate H - 2012-10-02
I've noticed my little suckerfish going up for air several times. I'd not seen him do this previously. Am I worrying with reason or is this normal behavior?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-02
    They do this at times to help maintain bouyancy.  Also will do it when water conditions may need to be tested.
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Diana Shallard - 2012-06-04
I've had a striped raphae for several years and all was fine until recently - came by
some nice lava rock - (used and cheap) from a pet store closing down. I also got 7
little tetras. Tetras disappeared behind big rock - there for a couple of days then gone. I blamed Raphy. Then killi fish died, looked all rotted, then next day gourami
with 'pop eye' and dead black phantom tetras. Got general fungus treatment from pet store- turn tank yellow for treatment - then Raphy all covered in fungus so new treatment of maracyn and more water changes. All levels fine, maybe nitrates a bit high. Gourami looked better on second day then died - other gourami fine, also fine is bushy nose pleco, and bumblebee gobi all fine. Now 5
days later and one day after treatment finished. Raphy still looks coated in spots
white film and bushy nose pleco is cleaning him - they both seem to enjoy this -should I repeat fungal treatment? Try a new one? Just water changes and gravel cleans? Help please

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-05
    get that rock out and do a complete clean. And treat your fish again.
  • matthew - 2012-06-08
    Diana remove that lava rock out of your tank and throw it away or see if the pet store will allow for it to be returned. The issue with the rock is that it probably has carried some type of bacteria on it when the fish store sold it to you. Best thing to do is to continue water changes and fungal treatment if necessary. I would suggest to use a python to clean your gravel as well usaully with my tanks it ends up being about a 150% water change but my fish are all very healthly and have been alive for a long time too. Also remove any ornaments you have in there and put them in a sink with just very hot water to try and clean them. Hope this helps. Matthew
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-10
    Thanks for response Mathew- raphy still alive but i wonder if his behavior is from continued stress. He rarely hides, spends a lot of time at the filter and top of the tank.even talking which i would love if i thought he was happy. yesterday was day 7 of 'maracyn' and today i debate getting another package which would give me 2 more days and the maximum antibiotic. i'm concerned on the antibiotic affect on the rest of the tank - big old giant apple snail hasn't moved in a day. Goby and bushy nose pleco seem fine - other gourami lost to something - i'm even thinking it was a parasite, yet raphy definitely had white fungal coating - can't see any on him today but i'm worried it will come back. for sure i took the rock out - boiled it - dried it in the sun and now look at it with considerable mistrust - one would think it is the perfect raphy home- what to do? diana
  • Joseph Jordan - 2012-07-16
    What is your water parameters like? I would do 10-20% water changes daily to help fight the fungal infection. Also no need to get rid of the volcanic rock, either boil it for 15 minutes, or douse it repeatively with boiling water to sterilize it. Also keep an eye on the pleco, they are notorious at sucking slime coats off other fish if they aren't getting enough to eat.
  • Diana Shallard - 2012-08-17
    Thanks for all the help and would like to add 'raphy' has recovered. What a great and personable fish. a real character - I would sure recommend this fish to anyone. We have become very close after our fight with the fungus and I hope we will have many more years together.
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Bryan - 2009-05-31
I have one striped catfish in my 10g tank and I love him to death. I have had him for about a month now and he seems to be doing pretty well. I have noticed he only comes out at night when I throw in the food right before I go to bed. Along with him I have 3 zebra danios (1 glolight), a bamboo shrimp, 1 rainbow shark, a banjo cat, a clown pleco, and a red marble bushy nose pleco. I find it rather funny because as soon as I threw him in he went straight for the ship. He has gotten along great with all of the fish especially the shark. They seem to share the ship that I have in there, which I find rather awesome. He has not harmed any other fish in the tank which enlightens me. I can't wait to get my bigger tank, hoping a 55g, so I can purchase another one. These fish are truly awesome and I thank everyone for their input on these awesome fish!

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