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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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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

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  • 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
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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?

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  • 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!
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steph - 2007-11-04
I got my raph about 9 months ago from a friend who had him for about 2 years. When my friend had him he never ever saw him, because he stayed hidden inside his hollow log the entire time he had him.
when he gave him to me and I put him in my 50 gallon tank, we literally had to break the log to get him out. In my tank he lived happily in a hole he had dug behind some large rocks. Strange thing though is that NOBODY has ever seen him eat, EVER. Everytime i feed my fish he never moved, even with the food sinking and landing on his body. At night sometimes i would hear rocks hitting the glass as if he was digging his hole deeper but thats about it. Nobody has ever witnessed him eat, not even at night.....
Unfortunately he died last night for some reason and I have no idea what caused it. 2 days ago I noticed him on the wall of the tank which was rare and he was still breathing. Last night however, I did a head count (as i always do to make sure my ghost fish didn't eat any of the smaller fish) and I noticed my Raph upside down floating at the top of the tank. For a little while i could still see him breathing, but eventually his breathing stopped. The other fish are doing fine so i am left mind boggled as to why my Raph suddenly died.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    These fish are nocturnal, and are best fed at night, with the lights off. It is quite plausible to suggest that the diurnal fish in the aquarium consumed all of the food before he was able to eat. If you ever find yourself obtaining another, try feeding the fish, when the lights in the aquarium are off.
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Denis Etaluku - 2011-07-08
Where and how buy fingerlings air freighted to Lagos Airport in Nigeria?

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Priyanke de Silva - 2007-10-04
My wife and I just bought two Pangasius Catfish. Each about 7 inches. The aquarium that sold it warned me that they grew big. How big, I didn't realize until I researched on the web. Now, I am WORRIED!!!. Planning to build a HUGE pond for them. Would be fun to have a huge fish. My tank is 4L X 2W X 1H. I have a water circulator, so they seem very happy. Looking forward to the experience. My thanks to web sites that carry information. (Sri Lanka)

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Tyler - 2010-01-02
One suggestion to keep with these if your looking to stay in the amazon region is cichlids, like oscars and jack dempseys, which is what I have in my tank. They don't bother each other and they just go about their business.

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  • jessica - 2011-09-13
    I have cichlids in my tank along with my Raphael. They have been together for about 3 years now. About a week ago we heard alot of noise in the middle of the night, we knew it was our catfish, the next morning his stomach was HUGE.....he ate a cichlid. Why would he do that? Is that normal?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    what type of cichlid was it?
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shellshell - 2012-01-31
Ok I got a feather finned catfish and he is being a bully. He's small and I bought the pellets like was suggested, but he keeps chasing my bala sharks and my red tailed black sharks... I'm not happy... will this continue?? Because the rest of the fish get along... he seems to be the only problem!!!!!!

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  • Kevin - 2012-02-07
    Hey, they are aggressive towards their own kind, not really towards other fish but they are territorial. Can you tell me tank size and also add some bigger cave for him. I have a 6 inch featherfin in a 90 gallon with african cichlids redtail shark and other catfish but i have plenty of hiding spots and it doesnt bother any fish at all.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-08
    Most likely, the chasing will continue. Perhaps, you should consider removing him from the aquarium, or re homing him. That would ensure a more stress free environment in your aquarium!
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Babs - 2012-01-14
I have two iridescent sharks 13 and 15 yrs old, 12 and 14 in. long. I have had them forever! They had outgrown their 55 gal tank and I tried to re-home them but after getting them into a new home my husband and I realized we did not want to give them up. So we went to our new friend and got our fish back, replaced them in their 55 gal tank and went shopping. They developed stress related ich which we treated with melafix in the 55 gal tank while we set up their new home. About three weeks later on Christmas morning they got their present and were moved into their new home. They got stressed and again had to be treated for ich. They were fine for about a week after that but then the smaller shark Achilles began to fade from dark gray to a very pale gray and developed a yellow coloring behind the eyes and on the fins. The water has been tested only slightly high in ammonia we are adding bacteria but the yellow coloring has lasted 10 days now. They eat fine and are active as always, I don't if the gender of either but they have always gotten along fine. Anyone ever see this yellow coloring before?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    Thank you Toby for your input. We are trying. Some days Achilles, named after my attempt at re-homing because he/she was bitten on the tail by the resident jack dempsey even tho it was much smaller, seems to be re-gaining the normal dark gray color. I couldn't help hope/wonder if the yellow coloring had anything to do with mating. Last night and today I have noticed a new behavior, Achilles swims under Hercules and nudges with his head. It does not appear an aggressive move, guess I will just have to wait and see.
  • adam - 2012-01-28
    yes it will take a while for it to go away my shark had it well both one died but the other lived it will be fine if not go to the petstore you bought it at and ask what is happening hope they feel better(:
  • Babs - 2012-02-05
    Well, so far Achilles and Hercules are fine. Achilles still has some yellow tint to his fins and the yellowish color behind both eyes but is a little darker gray again. Still not as dark as Hercules, or as dark as he was before the move, but both are very active and eating very well. We have moved all of the tank mates from the 55 gal. to the 150 gal. everyone is happy. And now we get to go and buymore fish for the 55 gal but not ones that get too big this time. (:
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