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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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dennis - 2010-12-17
I have had mine for 8 years he is 14 inches and still growing I have never given him anything but flakes and wafers I just changed to a bigger tank a month ago went from 35g to 50g.

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Justin - 2009-04-08
I have 2 striped raphael catfish and they are awesome! They have very different personalities, like one hides in his shell cave and the other swims actively around the tank. They are a new addition to my 20 gallon tank with 4 guppies and soon some angelfish. they are very peaceful and shy and have a funny face when they stare at me. I would recommend that in order to keep this fish, have a large tank and have another one for company.

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Chris Norris - 2011-07-08
I have a two and a half inch long fin bristle nose. When I got him, he had awesum long fins. After having him for two mounths his fins are not as nice as they were. He is in realy good conditions and he has never been nibbled on. Can you please tell me what this is?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I included the article on Fish Disease and Treatment. It might be Fin & Tail rot which is a bacteial infection. He could have had it when you brought him home. He could have hurt himself somehow in the tank and it caused a bacterial infection. Another fish could have nipped him. It happens. Anyway, look at the article and find the symptoms and check out that disease and just look at symptoms in general. The recomended treatment is there.
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Sarah - 2010-03-26
I have 2 leopard sailfin plecos in my 20 gallon tank. I always thought they were corys as thats what the woman in the petshop told me. Now I love my plecos, but I don't know if they will outgrow the tank. And I have read that there are thousands of pleco varietys and mine might not be one of those, but something similar that won't get very big. I've had them for about 2 months and they are about 3 inches.

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  • christine - 2010-04-19
    I have a pleco I have had him for nearly nine years now and he's over a foot long but I have got a 4ft tank if that helps.
  • mat - 2010-04-23
    If these are in fact leopard sailfins, then watch out - you can expect them to reach 6 inches in a year and up to two foot over their lifetime. You need a seriously large aquarium, something like 120 gallon, if you want them together, full grown. I have one and he is a good 3 inches, I've only had him for 2 months and he's already doubled in size. Well worth the effort though, a truly magnificent and charismatic fish.
  • katie - 2010-07-16
    What other foods do plecos eat?
  • Andrea - 2010-10-22
    Hi Sarah,
    Because these plecos will most likely get over 2 feet long, I would suggest getting a 100-150 gallon tank minimum to put them in.

    Plecos in general are a species of catfish, and though they are strictly herbivore at a young age, they become omnivores (eating both algae and fish products) after about a year or so. (Mine normally start eating fish species before that time).

    That being said, though they are okay with eating Algae, they are not the greatest. They produce a lot of ammonia and nitrate as well that can lead to the death of your other fish.

    If you want a good algae eater, you can try snails (that stay herbivores their whole lives) or Otocinclus (that are similar to Plecos except for they only get 2 inches long instead of 2 feet ;)) That being said, Ottos are also good algae eaters but will at some point eat fish products too to get their protein.

    People think that most fish will grow to the size of the aquarium they are placed in. This is half true. If the plecos are not placed in a larger aquarium, what happens is the following: Their external structure, such as their skin, skeleton, and eyes for example stop growing, however their internal structure such as their heart, intestines etc will continue growing, until it gets to maximum size. That being said, the pleco will at some point "explode" since his organs are getting too big for his tiny body.

    I hope this helped!
  • Jamie - 2010-12-30
    Hi there. I have had a leopard pleco in my 70 gallon tank for three years. It is approximately 10 inches from nose to tail. They will eventually (assuming they live long enough) get up to around a foot and a half long. That is clearly too big for your 20 gallon tank. Your smallish tank will retard the growth of your pleco, but it will not prevent it. It is probably a good idea to sell it back to a pet store once it gets too big for your tank. Hope this helps.
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Sss - 2011-11-20
Emerald green Corys are very easy to care for and very intelligent. They do well in tanks above 5 gallons, but you need to be careful about how tall the tank is. Corys can actually breathe air if their gills are wet, so they occasionally swim to the top. Because they spend so much time at the bottom that they can't really swim too far straight up, so the tank can't be taller than a little more than a foot and a half. I would recommend them for anyone who has a freshwater tank, though you should definitely get more than one. They get sicker when they are alone; take it from me.

I've got 2 cool stories about corys. 1: I once had a cory jump out of the tank during a water change. That little fish used its fins to propel itself halfway across the room, no problem with being in the air at all!

2: I once had a male beta and 2 corys in a tank together. Male betas are really aggressive and usually attack other fish by putting up their frills (like a lion mane). My catfish had absolutely NO problem with this and just swam right by. I think that made the beta confused.

Last thing: I once had two corys get sick, though their other tank-mate had no problem. They kept falling over on their sides and being unable to get up. When they swam, they were fine, but when they stopped, they just fell over. They could hardly breathe because their gills were pressed on the floor. They died in 3 days; no medicines helped. It was creepy. If anybody knows why, I'd like to know so I can fix it if it happens again.

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  • Slyfish2 - 2012-07-27
    It's called swim bladder disease. Try this stuff called Fungus Clear. It says it'll help, and it worked OK for me.
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Emily - 2011-02-14
I have a Pleco, but I have no Idea what kind it is. It is tan with black spots, but doesn't look like a leopard pleco.

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  • Tyler Pelleran - 2011-03-24
    It would be highly likely to be a simple common plecostomus.
  • george - 2012-08-09
    Yes is a leopard Pleco/ ihave one too and his name is Simon
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jaysee - 2012-01-23
The fish in the pics are not emerald corys, they are bronze corys. The difference is in the dorsal fin. Emerald corys have some 13 dorsal rays - the fin extends back to the adipose fin. Bronze corys have like 7 rays, and there is a clear gap between the dorsal and adipose fin....like in the pics.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    I will look into it and I appreciate the info.
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