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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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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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