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Alex - 2009-09-26
I have one striped catfish in my 29g tank and I love him to death too. He is so ugly! So big paunch! I love it! This paunch. I can see my catfish only one time when he take food.
Another catfish Spotted Pimelodus. He had grown to 4 inches during 3 months... and stopped :-( it seems to me it's max size. He has huge paunch too! I like it!

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michelle - 2008-10-01
Someone help!!! I have the strangest external parasite problem in my tank. I have Gouramis, one Cory and one Albino cat. The Cory, and ONLY the Cory is affected. It gets these little white dots (no, it's not ich, I've kept fish for 30 years and know what ich looks like), they stick out from the body and get longer like white spikes or threads - not very long, but definitely growing away from the body. I read books, browsed web sites, went to pet stores and asked many experienced people and no one knows. The parasites don't bother the other fish at all. I scooped the Cory out and quarantined it for three weeks. The moment I put it into the quarantine tank, the white organisms were gone - must have fallen off in my main tank? Isolated Cory for three weeks, no sign of parasites and none in my main tank, so put Cory back. A week or so later, white thread parasite worms are back on Cory again. They aren't visible swimming around in the water or on other fish. This time I treated the main tank with chelated copper, general remedy for external parasites. Very shortly after I put it in the water the Cory reacted and the white parasites came off it's body on a clear membrane that separated off Cory's body. Copper treatment is supposed to be good for one month. Parasites recurred a few weeks later. So I just treated again (Sept 28). This has been going on since early July!!! I wish I could identify what I'm dealing with so I can get RID of it once and for all. Has anyone had this experience? I lost one golden gourami, but with no sign of the parasite. The others are okay so far, but get stressed as treated water kills the good bacteria in the mulm layer and water quality is affected by treatment. Albino cat is fine, as if nothing is going on.

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  • person - 2010-10-06
    I had that happen to mine and it's from hard water. We switched to buying water from our grocery store and it went away.
  • Lucas - 2012-09-25
    Pretty good! nice Pretty good! nice to see that all the fish are much active now and very fast lol. I saw soeonme suggesting you to get bala sharks..this is a BAD idea because they get over a foot long and will see smaller fish as food. I would suggest Black Skirt Tetras (they are schooling fish and i had them before and they are amazing, mine get very dark at night and they are cool fish) or you can go with some Gouramis. Dalmatian Mollies also pretty cool fish.
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Ashley - 2012-01-15
I have a full grown Featherfin named Igor that was sold to me as a Pleco, he was in horrible condition at this crappy fish store at our local mall. He was missing all of his barbels, his entire 'feather fin' he was totally blind, and he was missing his hump at the base of his tail. He was in a tank with crayfish that were eating him alive and he was so malnorished I could actually see his bones. I bought him and brought him home and put him in my 20 gal goldfish tank and was thinking I would at least let him die in peace without crayfish eating him......lets just say to make a long story short, a year later he is now the king of my 100 gal fish tank (bought special for him) all of his fins and barbels grew back, he has full vision, and is currently on my bad side for eating my 25 dollar Blue Prong. This species of fish is a remarkable healer if given the proper care, Igor will actually eat bloodworms out of my hand now, cause when he was blind and had no barbels I would have to push the food practically in his mouth, now he sees me coming and will swim to the top of the tank and take his bloodworm snack. He is by far my favorite fish (and the only one with a name actually!) and I would recommend this fish to anyone who is ready to take the step up from goldfish! Just watch your Prongs!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    I like that. You saved a fish and gained a friend.
  • Jeff Harma - 2012-09-20
    Hi, I recently added a featherfin to my 90 gallon tank with 15 other inhabitants, 8 of which are cichlid, mbuna, jewel, Zebra of equal size which does tend to bother. I actually with appearance the zebra will head to shelter, for she seems to know my dislike of her actions to the newest addition. Aside from the two tankmates, other a male mbuna, which is frequently mating with others. Oh, food for the catfish, I have not witnessed any consumption, ' cept for frozen brine shrimp via tube to mouth of the cat. Will hunger eventually get the featherfin to actually scavenge? She/he does have thickness in the mid-drift battle seem to be subsiding, any opinion with thanks.
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marc - 2012-09-12
I have 4 of these monster beauty's, and aldo my tank is a bit to small.   Can't dare to get rid of them. (bought them as diffrent ones, I mean they said they where diffrent ones in the aquarium shop, which apparently was a lie) But the problem I have is that they like to eat plants.... ooh yeah and not just the ones that every plant eater likes no no even the ones seen as disgusting (java,anubias,crypto etc). And there is no information what so ever about them eating plants, but be warned, they MAY eat plants.

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Specter99 - 2012-09-03
A must have on my wish list because i want to own a aquarium

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-04
    This fish is not for the average home aquarium.  Gets very large and expensive to care for.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-04
    This fish is not for the average home aquarium.  Gets very large and expensive to care for.
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Anonymous - 2012-08-23
I have one of these sharks, my son bought him 18 years ago when he was only 3' long, in a 10 gallon tank. Now he went from a 10 gal, to a 20 gal, to a 55 gal and now he is in a 75 gal. tank. From 3' to 24 plus' now. No other fish can be with him, can't have anything in the tank with him ( plants, rocks, etc. ). Have pumps that pump 160 gallons a hour, change 5 gallons of water every other day. Change 6 filters every week. Great fish but one problem, every so often he gets frightened and goes crazy in the tank, water goes every where. Thinking about letting him go in a river, getting tried mopping water up.

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Scott - 2012-08-23
These fish may not be venomous but their spines have some toxin. I got stung yesterday by one and it was very unpleasant. Handle with care.

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Rodney Clark - 2012-08-22
I just picked up a red tail cat and he is in the tank with 10 other fish now I'm missing 2 fish and his belly is large :(

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-23
    If it can fit into its mouth it will eat it!!
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marigold - 2012-08-21
Albino corys sure are durable. We had a tank full of a variety of fish, then we moved a few hundred miles away and brought them with us. Most survived the move. But a month after the move we had to be out of town for a few days and our air conditioner broke. It was in hot June in Florida with a west facing window. This just cooked the rest of the fish *except* for the albino corys. It was awful seeing such a mass die-off. They were more lethargic, but survived, and now a couple of months later are still doing fine. We had some julii corys, but they died in the heat. So it's something about these albinos, fishy superpowers or something. And they are so darned cute!

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Flerida Javier Ambion - 2011-11-24
I love Albino cory. I named them Teapot and Pirate. Teapot, because its stout and short. It was alone, so I had to buy more, but there was only one available in the shop and it has only one eye. So I named it Pirate. I wish there are more in the shop. I want to have 4-6 of the same kind. They behave like a puppy. so cuuuutte!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Glad you like. Many don't realize that these guys have distinct personalities and get attached to their owners.
  • Donna - 2011-11-25
    Yeah, my albino is the same way, very lithargic but seems to come to life if there's activity in the room
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