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Zachary R. - 2012-07-05
Hello, I am a big fan of Red-tailed Catfish and I have been doing tons of research on them. There is a problem though, there is very little information readily available on the diseases and health concerns for Red-tails. I need an expert to answer my question, and after reading the chats and posts on your site, I think you just might be the perfect people to contact. Red-tailed Catfish have a brilliant natural resistance to disease, but I was wondering how far this can be taken. Red-tails are one of very few fish that are extremely affectionate towards their owners and other people. They love being petted and can quickly learn to be hand fed, but the question comes up after this. Most fish and other animals can contract human diseases, that we may not even know are on us. These diseases can often be very dangerous to other animals, and this is why my question happens to be: 'how much human interaction can Red-tailed Catfish handle, before it begins to negatively impact their health (assuming other thank conditions are perfect, and the people are healthy and clean) ?' I thank whoever it is who is reading this, and am hoping to hear back from you as soon as possible. Thanks again. P.S. Just to answer any unmet questions, I do not own a Red-tailed Catfish currently, but am hoping to get one in the future (so possibly 8-10 years from now, I just want to get all my research done before entering into a challenge this great). Thanks again, and sorry for writing so much. . . .writing short is something I am not very great at.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-06
    To start of these fish get huge and a real financial and space requirements are needed.  If you are looking for a fish that quickly interacts with it's owner, the Pacu is a great choice and is more managable.  To handle any fish there is risk of cross contaminating the fish.  My sure hands are always well washed all the way to the elbows!  Make sure there is no left over soak, perfume or cologne residue on your skin, this can harm your fish.  Good luck if you give this big fish a try!
  • Zachary R. - 2012-07-07
    Thank you Mr. Roche, your input is helpful. Sorry to say, you may be right that a Pacu would make an easier pet to handle, but my heart is truly set on getting a Red-tailed Catfish. The main reason I asked was that large fish require large areas....these areas need to be increasingly cleaned depending on size and the type of fish they hold...this means more handling of the fish. If cleaning yourself, like you mentioned is simply the key to preventing disease spread with the Redtail, then there is no problem at all, for I would gladly wash my entire body and clothes even to ensure the health of my fish. Don't worry about the housing of the fish, I plan to have a monstrous pool specially designed to house a Red-tailed Catfish.The pool would require heating and mass filtration systems, in order to keep the water extra clean and warm (I want it clean enough to swim in in, Redtails like clean water, they deserve it). Honestly I don't know much about gallon size to foot spacing in water, but I do know for a fact that the tank I am thinking of is far larger than a 2000 gallon tank, for its closer to 2000 cubic feet! After doing a quick online search, it seems that a cubic foot of water is 7.48 gallons. So, that comes to around 16,000 gallons! Tank size can probable be reduced to a 25ft x 10ft x 5ft if need be (financial budgets maybe in future), which would come to 9,350 gallons, correct? This is going to cost a lot, but so do cats and dogs, after you take in damages to homes, carpet replacement and comforters (from urine), food, and bedding. P.S. Darn it, I wrote too much again didn't I, sorry about that. And thanks again for replying so quickly.
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Daniel - 2012-07-04
If my iridescent shark was to get big, could I put him in a big pond with other fish like bass,sun fish,catfish,and frogs? or would he die?

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Daniel - 2012-07-02
What sound I do if my silver-tipped shark stoped eating the pellets I feed him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-02
    try flake, bloodworms. or may be some live shrimp.
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Almotasm Bellah - 2012-06-20
Hi I am not new to rtcs but I have a question is it possible to put it in a pond (actually I have three) with the weather of Libya and without any heating in winter pls help me cause soon they will outgrow my tank!!!!!!!!

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  • Heidi & Mike - 2012-06-28
    Never put them in an outdoor pond. RTC are originally from the amazon and can only live in warmer temperatures. Leaving them in an outdoor pond of the winter will be certain death.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-29
    Should actually do fine!
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Linda - 2012-06-26
My husband wants to get this type of fish and I've been doing some research on it. I pretty much know most of what I need to. However, I was wondering if someone could tell me exactly which fish would be good to go in a tank with it? As in the specific names of the most compatible fish.

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Rae Brundige - 2012-06-26
I have a red tail catfish that is in a 100 gallon tank=(black plastic trough) and a few weeks ago I added baking soda to correct levels and noticed that the top of his back had turned white.Now today i went and saw that it

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-26
    Some of your question is missing.
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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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