Animal Stories - People Talking About Catfish


Animal-World info on Striped Raphael Catfish
Animal Story on Striped Raphael Catfish
List Animal Stories on Striped Raphael Catfish
More info at Animal-World
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.

Click For Replies (2)
  • 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.
Reply
Animal-World info on Red-tailed Catfish
Animal Story on Red-tailed Catfish
List Animal Stories on Red-tailed Catfish
More info at Animal-World
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

Click For Replies (1)
  • 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?
Reply
Animal-World info on Albino Cory
Animal Story on Albino Cory
List Animal Stories on Albino Cory
More info at Animal-World
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.

Click For Replies (1)
  • 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!
Reply
Animal-World info on Iridescent Shark
Animal Story on Iridescent Shark
List Animal Stories on Iridescent Shark
More info at Animal-World
Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-02-29
Does anybody know what size they mature at ?

Click For Replies (3)
  • 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
Reply
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.

Reply
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.

Click For Replies (2)
  • 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?
Reply
Animal-World info on Leopard Pleco
Animal Story on Leopard Pleco
List Animal Stories on Leopard Pleco
More info at Animal-World
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?

Click For Replies (1)
  • 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.
Reply
Animal-World info on Iridescent Shark
Animal Story on Iridescent Shark
List Animal Stories on Iridescent Shark
More info at Animal-World
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.

Click For Replies (1)
Reply
Animal-World info on Silver-tipped Shark
Animal Story on Silver-tipped Shark
List Animal Stories on Silver-tipped Shark
More info at Animal-World
Hayley - 2011-09-13
My shark catfish has started to hide and chase other fish if they come to close. He also appears to keep gulping. I'm wondering if he is likely to be brooding?? Any tips?? I have read that this is pretty unlikely for them to breed in captivity... But wondering what else would cause this behavior?
I have 5 shark catfish in 180L tropical tank x

Click For Replies (1)
  • amy - 2012-02-18
    Hi, I know this reply is very late but the first thing I would do is test the water. Your ammonia and/or nitrites might be high. Definetely a water change would be in order. Also, I learned that almost all bacterial and fungal infections are secondary to a parasitic infection. At the first sign of illness I treat my tank with 'Quick Cure' and add a little additional aquarium salt. The salt provides them things necessary for their immune system to fight it off. After that I do a 7 day course of melafix. It's natural and cures secondary bacterial infections and helps any damaged fins/scales to re-grow. Pimafix is also a secondary treatment for fungal infections. My fish have not tolerated it well but it has been highly recommended to me by many people and I keep some on hand. Hope this helps for the future.
    Amy
Reply
Animal-World info on Albino Cory
Animal Story on Albino Cory
List Animal Stories on Albino Cory
More info at Animal-World
samfra - 2012-01-17
I bought 2 albino corydoras and 1 I keep thinking is dead coz it seems to be floating at the top of the water vertically with his mouth right near the top as soon as i get the net ready to get his corpse out he swims away as does he if another fish comes to close what the hell is it doing? is it during?

Click For Replies (3)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    I would check your tank conditions temperature, PH, filter etc as this sounds like behavioral problem and usually something wrong in the tank.
  • Daniel - 2012-02-13
    He probably has buoyancy problems. I have one albino cory that did this and he died a few weeks later. If you got him from petsmart return him ASAP. You have a return policy of 2 weeks from date of purchase. Always return any fish that has a behavior outside of the normal range because most likely it is sick and will give you problems in the future and pass.

    Normal cory behavior: They will swim side to side in your tank *from the left corner to right corner* they chase each other too which is very cute. They swim randomly all over your tank which is when they are active. When they are not they just sit at the bottom of your tank in groups or alone. Or inside a little cave or under anything or any shade or cover. They will ascend to the surface to catch some air and immediately go back to the bottom; they do that very fast. rinse repeat :)
    Good luck
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Corydoras, are known to have swim bladder disorders, and the such. There honestly is not much that you can do, except provide him with a good environment, and clean water. My apologies, for bringing you this dreadful news!
Reply

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World