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savannah - 2012-06-22
I just got one of these from wal-mart and didnt know anything about them. Its about 3 inches and is in a 10 gal tank by itself with brackish water. Will it survive in a 10 gal tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-22
    Yes but will out grow the tank fairly fast.
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Key Monroe - 2012-06-19
Does any body know where I can get a good sorce of live food for my Raphael?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-20
    Pet shop normally, but make sure to quaranteen any feeder fish for atleast 7 days.
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Key Monroe - 2012-05-07
I just bought a spotted raphael catfish about 12 inches for my back yard pound. I also purchased 4 blue catfish about 4 inches 7 Plecostomus about 4 inches and 24 goldfish. The gold fish where to be eaten but not the others. My question is will the Raphael eat all of them in 2 weeks???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-08
    I would not think so. Normally aren't fast enough to catch other fish.
  • jiri - 2012-05-15
    My raphael talking catfish is just sitting in its hole all day and all night and I never saw him eat anything. I have him in a 55 gallon community tank with synodontis zebra hybrid, long fin serpea, tetra, african butterfly fish, archer fish, rope fish. Is there somthing wrong with its health or lonely because he is the only raphael in the tank and I have him already a year?
  • Key Monroe - 2012-06-19
    My raphael is doing well I thinknk he is still alive. I have been feeding him earth worms every so offten.I drop them in at dusk he and will eat just as fast as I can serve them to him Am I feeding him enought?
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luke taylor - 2012-05-28
My redtail has been a healthy fish for about two years in the last week or so his skin started turning reddish, he stopped eating, and now he's getting sores and looks like he is going to die does anyone know what this is and if there is a way to save him or not?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-29
    Check you water levels. There is usually a way to save them. Need to find the cause. Any other signs?
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Fran - 2012-05-15
14 years ago, thinking my talking catfish was dead, I drained my aquarium and for one whole year this fish lived in the gravel without food or water until I heard it and retrieved it. I have had my talking catfish for about 15 years now in a tank with guppies. I have only fed this fish guppy food. Since you say it needs protein to live is he eating guppies that I am not aware of? I always have an abundance of them.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-16
    Could be. There is protein in fish food too.
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luke vine - 2012-05-02
I have recently been given a red tailed catfish and he has gone off his food. I have been feeding it lance fish and prawns any advice?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    Some times adding some live fish will get them going again.
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chris - 2012-04-28
i purchased my raphael when i was senior in high school, i am now 36. hes great, my kids just love him (or her).
he has been threw alot, i have had him with all kinds of cichlids, and now hes with community fish in a 75 gal tank. he is about 9 inches. he eats most sinking pellets, flake food, just about anything that falls in front of his cave.
but lately he has been not acting the same, i hope his age is not a factor. i will shed a tear when he passes, i recommend them with all fish, well maybe not small fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    Unfortunately it is his age. You have done an incredible job keeping it that long!
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vanessa - 2012-04-27
We had an albino who was blind as well, it was very sad kept bumping into things and unable to find the food. We now have 2 who are not blind but very cute and mix in very well with the other corys.

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brian - 2011-01-22
Hi I have a red tail cat fish and it won't stop swimming up on the glass rapidly swimming back and forth I don't know what to do he in like in a 56 tank it is a new one just got him in it but he was doing the same in the old one just started doing so I got a new tank 56 and he still is doing it what do I do? Is it the hp of the tank what do I do he barely ever stops swimming on the back on the glass looking like he wont's out of the tank lol ? plez help me

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    It sounds like it may be flukes. One of the characteristics of this disease is unusual racing around the tank. See this link: Flukes disease
  • Chris - 2011-05-27
    I have a 14 inch and he swims up and down during feeding time....but my retail shovelnose is smaller and I do notice him doing what you describe...but what worked for me is throwing in some dry baby shrimp and he eats and calms down....but it should be okay these fish are sometimes playful
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    This is exactly what my lungfish was doing before he died. Sounds like its cotton wool disease. It effects them from the inside out. But not to worry! My etc was in the same tank and he was able to recover from it with the help of medication I bought at the pet store. I used maricyn 1 and 2. Try to get the liquid form it works better than the powder. He will likely lose his appetite for a week or 2. Just give him feeder gold fish he should eat them. Make sure you take everything out of the tank and clean it really well. Best of luck to you and your fish!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Any other symptoms?
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Charlie - 2009-03-27
Mine was bought at 3cm and now is about 10 cm. I have him in a 55 gallon with sand, cichlids, a peacock eel, silver dollars, a cuvier bichir, two harliquin rasoboras, and a pictus cat. he is quite territorial and has scars from trying to attack cichlids and being turned on. Very fast growing.

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  • gil - 2011-09-05
    Your cichlids didn't kill your peacock eel?
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