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drew - 2005-06-05
Like someone crossed the front of a crab with the body of a catfish. Really cool looking, though they tend to stay out of sight during the day. Sometimes you'll spot the top of their distinctive heads poking out of the gravel. When you turn the aquarium lights out, they'll start patrolling the tank in the open, swimming almost methodicaly up and down along the tank sides.

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dave gross - 2008-05-15
My upside down cat was only an inch when I got him, he is now 15 inches big and five years old. He's been through several tanks and many road trips, very hardy. They told us he would only get six inches when mature, boy were they wrong about this guy. He started eating other fish at four inches. We didn't realize it for a while because it was happening at night, then one night I sat there with a black light (which they don't mind at all) and caught him in the act. So he spent the last four years with my Oscars. He's now too big for them too. It's a pretty sad sight to see three ten inch Oscars being bullied by one fish. Anyway, I keep looking for someone that might know more about this fish. He doesn't seem to fit in any categories I've searched. He's solid black and about as big as a softball in the middle with a long string-like thing hanging at the end of his tail(15 inches without the string). The only fish I've ever seen like him was in an old James Bond movie.

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  • jason 5 - 2011-02-17
    Is he still alive and is he or she look like the picture?
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cory - 2008-05-03
I have 2 of these Striped Raphael and I was wondering if these fish could become territorial enough to kill a Plecostomus. He gets along great with my other fish in the tank. He'll sit in his ship with my red-tail shark, but whenever the other striped Raphael comes by him he'll chase it off - by ramming its head into it and keeps pushing would be the best terms to put. I don't think he is even half the size of the other striped rapheal. He will also go after my plecos "OR what i have left". I have gone threw 1 male albino Bristlenose pleco and another reg. Bristlenose pleco with him in the tank, and when I saw my clown pleco get too close to his ship he went after him like there was no tomorrow. Lucky he couldn't catch the poor guy. I was hoping someone would have an opinion on this behavior.

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  • skyler - 2011-05-29
    My plec actually gets aggressive with my catfish sometimes. The catfish will hide for days after my plec gets after it.
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Almost every pleco I've owned has been aggressive with any fish that prefers the bottom. The only fish my plecos have gotten along with is my dragonfish and that could be because he is much larger than any of them. (9 inches) and since I got the raphael I have not purchased another pleco. I do not wanna risk a battle for territory and although my tank is quite large (55 gallon) there could be, and the raphael cost much more than the plecos. I know plecos are classified as friendly which for the most part is true until I get another bottom dweller.
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Kate - 2011-07-28
Hi I ended up with a red tailed catfish (because someone thought it would be great for my pond). This fish is beautiful, but far too large for my pond and will surely eat my koi (who are much smaller than him). I have no idea what to do with it. He's a beautiful fish and I'd like to find it the habitat it deserves, but it isn't here. I live in South Louisiana, if you know someone who would be able to properly house him, please contact me (babiescantalk@gmail.com). Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! d

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    WOW any fish store around you. Craigs list? Separate it out into another tank untill you can sell it? Give it back to the someone?
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S - 2012-03-03
I am getting an Albino Cory, and I really want to work hard to mimic its environment. What other plants and animals would it live with in the wild? I want it to feel at home.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    Cory's live in the fllod land and tributaries of the Amazon. There are a vast array of fish that they would be comfortable with. If you do groups of Cories thet will normally pair up and a good chance of mating if you create the right environment which is what you sound like you are going for. Make sure there is ample food sources for these very active bottom feeders!
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Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-02-29
Does anybody know what size they mature at ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-29
    The PGMA states a mature specimen will be 1.5 kilograms.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    At maturity they will go over 3 feet - estimated 39 inches long. That is a big fish.
  • Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-03-05
    So how big would it be? In inches
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Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-02-29
I would mostly recommend these some what peaceful fish to those with access to large tank or pond due to their skittish behaviour at times, but they are still wonderful fish to own if properly cared for.

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Tristan - 2012-02-25
I bought 2 catfish but the next morning they both where dead. Their eyes were missing and the fins where bitten off.They where housed with 2 convicts, green terro, livinstoni and a firemouth cichlid.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    Pangasius Catfish are rather nervous, though friendly fish. The cichlids you have are moderately aggressive, and being already established in the tank, may have viewed the introduction of these new inhabitants as an intruders. For the best success in mixing fish with different temperaments is to add the more aggressive fish last. If you have a large tank, you can try rearranging the decor to upset the established territories of the existing fish. Also, in addition to rearranging the tank, taking the existing fish out for a few hours and letting the new fish get comfortable may help.
  • Tristan - 2012-02-29
    I have kept the pangasius catfish with the fire mouth cichlid for 4 days in the tank by themselves for 4 days and rearranged the tank furniture around. Am i able to add the other aggresive cichlids to the tank?
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john - 2011-10-05
I just got one of these a few days ago and I dont know what to name it. it is small,shy, and curious.any name ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-29
    Just a thought but how about Leo? I have no idea where that came from in my brain but just there. from Leopold the Great - history.
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Kim Wardlaw - 2012-02-19
Hi, I purchased 2 catfish about a week ago. When they were both netted out in the shop I noticed 1 of them looked really blood streaked. The assistant just said it was stress but it hasn't got any better. I have noticed that it looks really fat like it's pregnant. It's just really pink and red looking especially round about its fins. Can anybody help me out if they think they know what it could be??? thanks.

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