Animal Stories - Catfish

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Stuart - 2012-03-21
We have just bought a Pegasius. At the moment it is in a tank, when it gets bigger would it survive in the really cold water of my pond, which could get down to 2 degrees C.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    These are not a cold water fish. It would not last in a cold pond unfortunately. Many other choices out there that will.
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sonia - 2012-03-18
About the breeding. This happened completely by accident. I have a albino bristlenose longfined pleco and an albino pleco and they just had babies. There are about 18 of them and they are about the size of half a pea. They are pinkish orange and I can already see the fins. I find this to be quite the experience since they are in a 35 gallon tank with a variety of chilids.

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Anonymous - 2008-12-20
i have a pleco also he too goes to the top of the tank with the tip of the mouth out of the water is this normal or should i be worried? would like someone to try and help me figure this out

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  • sissy - 2010-03-08
    my answer is nothing is wrong its normal thats how it eats i have two of them so dont worry
  • travis - 2010-05-22
    He will take air and food from top, I bred 1000 gold spots and 1500 commons this year.

  • donnarose - 2011-02-11
    Make sure he's getting enough to eat!
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-12
    I once had a 4 inch pleco and he used to do that all the time to eat and just to get air.
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J.G - 2012-03-02
Hi. I have 2 albino Corydoras. Great fish. But one of mine is going dark pink. He is not as light in color as he was. Both have a bit of age on them, and a bit of size too. But one is slightly smaller than the other. It's this smaller one that is going darker pink. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is any diseases that effect them this way. He is active and eating. Still going to the top for the bubbles. Just his colour is getting darker. He is still acting as normal. Any help anyone could offer or any advice, is greatfully accepted. Thankyou.

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  • Vanessa Wheeler Hord - 2012-03-04
    I just read about a practice used on these fish and many others called 'painting'. It's kind of horrible but legal for retailers and breeders to inject the fish with dye to make them more appealing to consumers. Albino Cory are often injected with white or orange dye. The dye starts to fade after 6-9 months though so if you have had your fish longer then that, it's probably safe to say that this is not the problem.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-03
    A lot of times certain foods will make white fish turn a bit more pink in color. Even though you have 2 of the same fish, so will react different then other. Have you changed or added foods or treats?
  • J.G - 2012-03-06
    Hi. I had no idea that practice happened. Not a very honest one. But somehow, as with the age of these little guys, I don't think that is my problem. Yes, I have changed their diet since moving to a different suburb. This new local pet shop doesnt carry the food I've always used, so I've changed to Spectrum...and I was using Nutrifin. So this may be it. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll be keeping a good eye on the little guys. They are up there as one of my favorite fish. Oh...are they blind..? Thanks again for your input.
Amie - 2012-03-01
I have 2 in a 29 gal bow front with a Pleco and some platies. They are very active, good little cleaners. My favorite fish in the tank!

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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 ( 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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