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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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RGR - 2008-07-20
I am new with the RedTail Catfish, but I did find they grow very fast.
I'm wondering if a RTC live in colder water than 68 degrees. I am considering putting it in my pond, that is well maintaned and all tests of the water are great. But it's the winter I'm worried about, any thoughts on that...

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  • bill - 2011-11-18
    No they don't live in cold water and winter in a pond would deffinatly kill it unless you got a good heating system for the pond.
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-07
How long do these fish live because I have 1 albino and 1 spotted cory cats that are at least 5 years old and still going strong

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nm123 - 2011-10-14
Hey all you cory catfish fans out there did you know the reason why cory catfish breathe air from the top of the tank is too help them digest their food?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-15
    To those people that did not know that, this would a helpful bit of information to them, I'm sure.
  • nm123 - 2011-10-15
    Thanks I found the information on you tube if you were wondering where I got the information from.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-06
    Also because they have a primitive air bladder made for in the wild during the dry season 1000's of them congregate in low oxygennated water in which their air bladder allows them to extract a small amount of air from the air.
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Paul - 2012-03-30
I have 2 of these and 1 has just started to go swimming around the tank non stop for the last day or so which is out of the ordinary for this breed of catfish shark. Checked PH GH KH AMONIA & NITRATES which are fine. Can anyone tell me what is going on with the fish and a cure for what maybe the start of some disease??????
Many thanx
Paul

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